Obama to call for passage of highway programs

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House says President Obama will urge Congress to pass a federal highway bill that he says will protect about 1 million jobs.

The president will make his appeal Wednesday at the White House. He will be joined by the leaders of two occasionally warring factions ? AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and David Chavern, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At issue is the renewal of a transportation spending bill that expires Sept. 30. The House is considering a six-year, $230 billion bill paid entirely with current fuel taxes. The Senate proposal would last only two years and cost $109 billion.

The push for infrastructure spending comes as Obama prepares to unveil a jobs package that mixes spending and tax breaks.