Advocates hoping for infrastructure talk in State of the Union

Advocates hoping for infrastructure talk in State of the Union
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Infrastructure advocates are hoping President Obama mentions the importance of transportation funding in his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night. 

"He's got one more #SOTU left — will infrastructure make the list of priorities tomorrow night? We'll be watching," a group of advocacy groups that promotes an annual Infrastructure Week in Washington tweeted on Monday. 

Obama has frequently called for increased transportation spending in prior State of the Union addresses. He famously called for a nationwide network of high-speed railways in his 2010 address, but the vision remains unfulfilled as Obama enters his final year in office. 

Most of Obama prior State of the Union transportation-related remarks were focused on convincing Congress to pass a long-term highway bill. Congress passed a five-year, $305 billion highway measure in the fall, however, which could reduce the likelihood of the topic making an appearance in Obama's final State of the Union address. 

Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxGeorgia Power says electricity at Atlanta airport will likely be restored by midnight Ex-Obama transportation chief on Atlanta airport power outage: 'Total and abject failure' To address America's crumbling infrastructure, follow Britain's lead MORE will be in an attendance for Obama's address.