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Obama to promote fixing bridges, highways

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is mixing a little Fourth of July patriotism with a pitch to fix the nation’s bridges and highways.

For good measure, he wants his Cabinet to hit the road.

President Barack Obama, at a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama on Tuesday will call on Congress to close tax loopholes and use the money on infrastructure projects. He will issue his appeal at Washington’s Key Bridge, named after “Star-Spangled Banner” author Francis Scott Key. The bridge is getting repairs from the Highway Trust Fund, which expires at summer’s end if Congress doesn’t act.

Obama will also meet with members of his Cabinet and urge them to travel this summer to listen to Americans’ concerns. The White House says Obama wants his Cabinet secretaries to recommend new executive actions he can take without congressional approval.

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