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President Obama Signs Transportation Extension

2:22 PM EST on March 4, 2011

The House passed it 421-4, the Senate passed by voice vote, and now President Obama has signed the Surface Transportation Extension Act. The entire transportation program would have gone silent today if he hadn't, since the previous extension was to expire.

Transportation officials welcomed the news, saying the extension would allow construction projects to move forward and workers to keep working. But they didn't take their eye off the ball: advocates say this was a necessary measure, but they don't want another extension. They want a new multi-year transportation authorization. The administration and key members of Congress have said they plan to get it done before the August recess.

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