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07/31/2015 12:33 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2015

Obama Criticizes Congress For Only Approving Short-Term Highway Fix

"I guarantee you this is not how China, Germany, other big powerful countries around the world handle their infrastructure."

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a three-month extension of the surface transportation bill on Friday, admonishing Congress for failing to pass longer-term legislation.

Obama cited the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a budget compromise and a long-term transportation bill among the things he hopes Congress can achieve when it returns from its August recess.

President Barack Obama signed a three-month extension of the surface transportation bill on Friday.
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President Barack Obama signed a three-month extension of the surface transportation bill on Friday.

"We can't keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants, three months at a time," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. "I guarantee you this is not how China, Germany, other big powerful countries around the world handle their infrastructure."

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