Republicans Holding Nearly 3 Million Transportation Jobs Hostage for 6,000 Temporary Oil Jobs....
With as many as 2.9 million new and existing jobs on the line, House
Republicans are refusing to pass a transportation reauthorization bill,
even after the Senate’s version of the billoverwhelmingly passed through
the upper chamber in a 74-22 bipartisan vote.
The deadline for
new transportation funding is June 30, and if the calendar flips to
July without a compromise, as many as 1.9 million workers could lose
their jobs, at least temporarily. The Senate version of the bill, if
adapted, would create an additional one million new jobs as well,
according to Department of Transportation projections.
are House Republicans holding nearly three million jobs hostage? Because
they want approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be
included in the bill.
The State Department estimates that roughly 6,000
jobs would be created if the Keystone XL is approved, but as few as 20
of them will be permanent.