During a news conference on Monday, President Barack Obama addressed a gathering of the nation’s governors and warned about the impact that sequestration cuts could have on their states. He advocated for increased spending on infrastructure projects around the nation, and lashed out at Congressional Republicans who “reflexively oppose any idea that I put forward, even if it’s an idea that they once supported.”
Obama advocated for new infrastructure spending as a way to put unemployed Americans back to work, as well as to repair up the nation’s failing roads and bridges. He said that the burden of this cost would not be imposed on taxpayers alone and a private partnership program would help fund those projects.
“I know that some people in Congress reflexively oppose any idea that I put forward, even if it’s an idea that they once supported,” Obama said. “But rebuilding infrastructure is not my idea. It’s everybody’s idea. It’s what built this country.”
He praised governors from both parties who are actively improving their local infrastructure projects.
“Folks who think spending is our biggest concern should be more concerned than anybody about improving our infrastructure right now,” Obama concluded. “We’re talking about differed maintenance here. We know we have to spend the money.”
Watch the clip below via C-SPAN2:
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