State of the Union pledge
"So tonight, I propose a 'Fix-It-First' program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country."
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President Obama pushed infrastructure spending early in his term with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also referred to as the stimulus bill, which Obama championed shortly after he took office. That measure was aimed at spurring economic growth in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. Part of the legislation's more than $800 billion price tag was spent on infrastructure projects. In the proposal announced during this year's State of the Union, $50 billion would go toward the "Fix-It-First" program with $40 billion of that funding directed at "urgent upgrades," including to bridges, according to the White House. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, questioned how the plan would be funded. "The president talked about infrastructure, but he didn't talk about how to pay for it," Boehner said, according to ABC News.
Sources: USA TODAY research; The White House; ABC News