“I think the Republicans in the House want to do nothing more than keep having extensions. Maybe they’ll do something right before the election but it will be too late to help create jobs,” the California Democrat said. “If they do the extensions they’re using up the ... highway trust fund, they’re hurting job creation — in fact people will lose jobs — and it’s just the wrong thing to do.”
She suggested that the House hold a straight up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed version of the highway bill, which passed that chamber with strong bipartisan support.
“I believe the bill would pass. So what are they afraid of? Are they afraid of passing a transportation bill that would ... save more than 2 million jobs?” Pelosi asked. “If there is a sincere wish to create or save these 2 million jobs, if there’s a sincere wish to help lift up the construction industry ... then the Republicans would bring it up.”
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.