Geithner says Congress shouldn’t ‘limp forward’ on highway funding

While Geithner’s broad remarks focused mainly on President Obama’s economic record and the federal budget, he homed in on infrastructure as needed not only in the long term, but also in the near future to help propel the economic recovery.

"These challenges can only be addressed by government action to help speed the recovery and repair the remaining damage from the crisis and reforms and investments to lay the foundation for stronger future growth," Geithner said. 

"This means taking action to support growth in the short term — such as helping Americans refinance their mortgages and investing in infrastructure projects — so that we don’t jeopardize the gains our economy has made over the last three years," he said.

Before lawmakers departed for a two-week spring recess last week, Congress sent the president a 90-day extension of federal transportation funding, just days before it was set to expire. Democrats are pressing House Republican leaders to take up a two-year, $109 billion transportation measure that garnered 75 votes in the Senate.

House Republicans are aiming to pass their own long-term transportation measure, but Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) has struggled to unite his conference behind a plan. Before the recess, GOP leaders repeatedly shelved different versions of a highway bill after struggling to win broad support from the rank and file.