Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) threw her weight Thursday behind a massive transportation bill but threw cold water on the potential for another stimulus package any time soon.I am a proponent for bringing up a full transportation bill, which is a great jobs bill, [and] at some point we may need to do an extension of unemployment benefits, Pelosi said. But she said she didnt yet see the need for a massive new stimulus package.We have to be very careful about spending on this, she said.Other Democrats, including House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who heads a Transportation subcommittee, have long supported a much larger stimulus package for infrastructure.And House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that she and many other Democrats wanted the infrastructure package to be much larger in the original stimulus bill but that it was pared down in a failed effort to gain Republican votes. Slaughter also said Congress would act if the economy continues to stumble.Were not just going to sit here, she said.Oberstar has proposed a $500 billion, six-year transportation measure, but Democrats have not yet agreed on a way to fully pay for it. The Obama administration has proposed delaying action on a long-term bill until 2011 and wants a stop-gap measure passed this month to prevent the transportation fund from running out sometime in August or September.Oberstar and DeFazio said Wednesday that they would be willing to support a short-term funding plan this month but are adamantly opposed to an 18-month extension.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.