A long-term transportation package that would re-authorize current
spending on highway construction projects and lock-in infrastructure
spending for future projects appears all but dead thanks to Republican
obstruction in the House of Representatives.
With time running out
before current authorization ends at the end of the month, House
Republicans are demanding the Senate add approval of the Keystone XL
pipeline to a transportation bill that already passed with widespread
1.9 million workers
will have to walk off the job without re-authorization of highway
funds. Senate Democrats estimate that the long-term authorization
package will create an additional one million jobs on top of that.
House Republicans have pitched the pipeline as a job creator, but the State Department estimates it will lead to only 6,000 temporary jobs — a far cry from the nearly three million created or saved by the long-term highway bill the GOP is blocking.
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