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President Barack Obama to speak near Key Bridge

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to visit the Georgetown waterfront park area near Key Bridge to highlight the need for infrastructure investments that boost the economy.

The Key, Memorial and 14th Street Bridges are all in need of repair, critics say. (Photo: Associated Press)

The Washington Post, quoting a White House official, reported the appearance is expected Wednesday. Since he announced the American jobs Act in September, Obama has crisscrossed the country each week to talk up the plan.

White House officials told the paper that Key Bridge could be eligible for funding if Congress approves the infrastructure bill, but Republicans have vowed to block all new spending proposals, complaining the previous stimulus didn't help the economy.

Some critics charge that Key Bridge, Memorial Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge all need repairs, given the more than 215,000 vehicles that cross them on an average day.

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