Sen. Boxer: Jobs report underscores 'the necessity of passing a transportation bill'


In comments made earlier Friday, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorLeaving on a high note: Outgoing NRCC head looks to build on 2020 Overnight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory panel MORE (R-Va.) said the conference committee may not make its deadline.

"We're prepared to make sure that there is no stoppage of transportation programming and funding, all the while desiring a much longer-term solution to the problem," Cantor said.

The conference committee is attempting to build a bridge between a two-year, $109-billion transportation bill that was passed by the Senate with two temporary extensions of current funding that were approved by the House.

The House has passed an extension of current transportation funding beyond the scheduled June 30 deadline, which would carry highway spending through Sept. 30. But in order for that measure to become law, it would have to also be approved by the Senate.

In her statement on the jobs numbers Friday, Boxer blamed Republicans for the gridlock on the transportation bill the conference committee is experience after negotiating for the better part of a month.

"I hope today's numbers will lead House Republicans to work with the Senate on a bipartisan approach to fund the transportation bill at current levels, protecting 3 million jobs and thousands of businesses," she said.

But Cantor said in his remarks Friday that it was Democrats' desired transportation spending levels that was the problem.

"The problem remains … just not enough money to address all the things that the country is experiencing in terms of the needs for roads and infrastructure repair, as well as needed expansion," he said. "We all are mindful of the limited resources that are available to address these needs."

-- Pete Kasperowicz contributed to this report.