LaHood presses Senate to pass infrastructure portions of jobs act

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.