President pressuring Congress to infuse cash for roads

President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling Hudson River bridge to try to pressure Congress into giving America’s roads, bridges and ports an infusion of cash.

The Tappan Zee Bridge outside New York City is in dire need of replacement nearly six decades after being built. When he visits the bridge Wednesday, Obama will call on lawmakers to back his plan to keep the nation’s infrastructure from falling apart. He’ll also promote efforts to cut red tape and delays in permitting.

Wednesday night Obama will headline a pair of high-dollar fundraisers for Democrats.

He will spend the night in Manhattan before attending Thursday’s dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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