By Keith Laing - 05/04/12 02:03 PM EDT
Supporters of a new highway bill being considered by Congress have argued that passing legislation will boost employment in the transportation sector.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday that the job loss in the transportation sector made the case for passing the Senate’s two-year, $109 billion version of the highway bill.
“It is my real hope that when we get back to work this month, the House will take [the Senate bill] up and will pass it so that states and municipalities and counties all over the country can get folks to work this summer,” he said in the interview.
Coons said it was important for Congress to come to an agreement on transportation bill because “construction has been particularly hard hit."
“And these are investments that will make our country competitive in the long run too,” he said.