President Obama speaks with reporters as he has lunch with Vice President Biden and four workers from a neighborhood development project. / Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images
President Obama and Vice President Biden took their campaign for more infrastructure spending to a Shake Shack on Friday.
The president and vice president joined four local construction workers for lunch after days of urging Congress to approve a new plan to authorize major road and bridge projects across the country or see projects shut down.
The lunch guests have been working on a $9.1 million project (including $6.9 million in federal money) in northeast Washington -- the kind of work that will get shut down if Congress does not renew a transportation fund that will soon expire.
"If Congress does not act by the end of the summer we could have hundreds of projects like this stop," Obama told reporters during the lunch.
Promoting a new four-year, $302 billion highway funding bill, Obama said, "It's a no brainier for Congress to do what it is supposed to do."
For his part, Biden weighed in that infrastructure spending has been a bipartisan issue in Congress "for 40 years."
Obama said he wanted to speak with reporters before lunch so that he and his guests could "eat our burgers in peace."
The orders, according to the White House: Obama had a burger and French fries, while Biden went with a cheeseburger, fries and a black-and-white milkshake.
In a statement on the lunch, the White House said that "over the last week, the president has highlighted the crucial role that increasing investment in re-building America's infrastructure can play in relieving congestion, rebuilding communities, and creating and attracting the jobs of the future."
The president's guests, according to the White House:
-- Abdullahi Mohamed
-- Antonio Byrd
-- Aidin Sarabi
-- Meredith Upchurch
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