“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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.