Obama Follows Up on Past Call to Bolster U.S. Infrastructure

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called Friday for Congress to fund proposals to expand joint government-private sector programs to build and repair modern ports, pipelines, schools and other infrastructure.

At a campaign-style event in Miami, Obama said strengthening the nation's infrastructure should be a non-partisan issue because it helps American business and creates jobs for the construction industry.

"We can't afford Washington politics to stand in the way of America's progress," Obama said, adding that "ultimately, Congress has to fund these projects."

Obama's proposals followed up on his call in this year's State of the Union address for such public-private partnerships to strengthen infrastructure development.

A White House aide said the proposals outlined Friday would cost $21 billion, but added that they would not add to the federal deficit.


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