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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, to mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). At right is former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, to mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). At right is former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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