House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered limited praise for the sweeping transportation bill that President Obama signed Friday and pledged to continue pushing for authorization of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, which was omitted from the legislation.

He lauded provisions in the House-Senate compromise that pare back environmental reviews for some projects – an element of the bill that has dismayed green activists – as well as the inclusion of the deal on student loan rates and other elements.

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