By Vicki Needham - 08/30/10 05:30 PM EDT
Infrastructure spending was "clearly the most successful part of the stimulus and everybody agrees in infrastructure spending, particularly transportation infrastructure."
"So I think the president has to free up some more dollars to continue that drive that's going on around the states to create new jobs on construction sites and back into American manufacturing into steel plants, asphalt plants, concrete plants and aggregate plants," he said.
He suggested that Democrats should look to pass a larger surface transportation bill that the administration has opted to put off until next year because it could get some Republican support. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee produced last year a $500 billion bill that would revamp the way transportation dollars are sent to states and try to complete backlogged projects.
Despite the improbability of any additional stimulus measures getting through Congress, Rendell said infrastructure spending could attract Republican senators such as Sens. James InhofeJames InhofeFeds weigh whether carbon pollution should be measured in highway performance GOP chairman: Kids are ‘brainwashed’ on climate change Feds withdraw lesser prairie-chicken protections MORE (Okla.) and George Voinovich (Ohio).
"You might find Republican votes for that."