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McLean, Va. • President Barack Obama says he supports measures in Congress to keep federal highway funding flowing to the states.

But Obama adds that Congress shouldn't be too quick to pat itself on the back for skirting disaster for a few months. He says Congress should act on a more permanent solution to the funding shortfall.

The House is to vote Tuesday on a temporary patch for the Highway Trust Fund, which is scheduled to run dry next month unless Congress acts.

Obama commented at a federal highway research center in northern Virginia where the government, auto industry and academics are developing new transportation technologies to help cars communicate with each other and the world around them.

He also got behind the wheel of a car — on a virtual road.

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