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President Obama spoke at Georgetown Waterfront Park in D.C. near the Key Bridge Wednesday, to talk about infrastructure spending that could benefit "structurally deficient" bridges like the Key Bridge.
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President Obama spoke at Georgetown Waterfront Park in D.C. near the Key Bridge Wednesday, to talk about infrastructure spending that could benefit "structurally deficient" bridges like the Key Bridge.

President Barack Obama continues to make his case for the American Jobs Act, and speaking in D.C. Wednesday, he focused on how the bill would help repair the nation's infrastructure and put construction workers back to on the job.

Flanked by a couple of orange constrution trucks and a giant American flag, Obama urged lawmakers to act. "We can't wait for Congress," Obama says, explaining that he has plans to expedite loans and grants for production projects.

The President says it makes little sense that so many of the nation's construction workers are out of work, especially when 70,000 bridges across the country are currently in need of repair. Over the past month, he's been criss-crossing the country in an attempt to promote various aspects of the proposal to voters.

On hand as the President spoke was D.C. Mayor Vince Gray. He's optimistic that a divided Congress can find common ground on transportation spending: "Unemployment is extremely high in this country, especially in our cities. And frankly if people are truly committed to America, and building America into an even stronger nation, I don't know how they can't support this."

The argument still faces stiff opposition from Congressional Republicans, who say relaxing federal regulations will create more jobs than anything the President is proposing. The Senate expects to vote on the Transportation aspects of the bill on Thursday.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the group Transportation For America released a report saying nearly 6 percent of the bridges in the Washington area, including the Key Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge, are "structurally deficient," according to the Federal Highway Administration. While that designation doesn't mean bridges are unsafe, it does indicate that they're in need of repair or replacement.

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