Washington – President Barack Obama signed on Friday a transportation funding and student loan bill which passed Congress last week in a rare election-year compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
In an unusual show of bipartisanship, members of both parties were on hand for the White House ceremony, including members of the administration, Congress, as well as state and local governments.
“This is an outstanding piece of business. And I’m very appreciative of the hard work that Congress has done on it. My hope is that this bipartisan spirit spills over into the next phase,” Obama said, encouraging members to pass larger infrastructure measures and “start doing more to reduce the debt burden that our young people are experiencing.”
At the ceremony, he specifically recognized House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica, a Republican from Florida. Standing behind him were Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat from Maryland.
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