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Obama blames GOP for looming highway crisis

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    President Barack Obama meets with his cabinet members including Attorney General Eric Holder, across from the president, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    President Barack Obama, flanked by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, attends a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Attorney General Eric Holder, center, listens as President Barack Obama speaks to the media during a meeting with his cabinet members in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sits next to Holder. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    President Barack Obama meets with his cabinet members in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. From left are, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and the president, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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WASHINGTON  — President Obama says 700,000 jobs could be at risk next year if Congress doesn’t quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs.

Obama pinned the blame for the stalemate on congressional Republicans. He says he hasn’t heard a good reason for why the GOP isn’t acting, adding sarcastically that they’re not busy doing anything else.

Nearly a dozen proposals to address the looming transportation problems have been floated in Congress, but lawmakers have been unable to settle on a solution that’s politically acceptable to both parties. House Republicans recently proposed a short-term patch, but the plan died a quick death when it became clear that many GOP lawmakers wouldn’t support it.

Obama was speaking today at Washington’s Key Bridge, named after “Star-Spangled Banner” author Francis Scott Key.

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