LaHood presses Senate to pass infrastructure portions of jobs act

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LaHood reiterated his previous contention that Republican opposition to Obama's jobs bill was "all about politics." But he said the politics were on the president's side.

"This is a win-win if they pass this," he said. "It's a win for the Congress to do something to get people to work, and it's a win for the American people to get people working on projects that are sorely needed in America."

"Republicans have a great opportunity to pass the president's American Jobs Act to put people to work," he said at another point in the interview. "Seventy-two percent want infrastructure; they want roads and bridges."

The infrastructure proposals are the second piece of Obama's proposal the Senate will vote on piecemeal. The chamber voted against a $35 billion funding package for teachers and first-responders last week.