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DiabloViejo
06-24-2012, 12:53 AM
Republicans Holding Nearly 3 Million Transportation Jobs Hostage For 6,000 Temporary Oil Jobs
By Adam Peck on Jun 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm
thinkprogress.com (http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/21/504120/republicans-jobs-hostage-keystone/)

With as many as 2.9 million new and existing jobs on the line, House Republicans are refusing to pass a transportation reauthorization bill, even after the Senateís version of the bill overwhelmingly passed through the upper chamber in a 74-22 bipartisan vote.

The deadline for new transportation funding is June 30, and if the calendar flips to July without a compromise, as many as 1.9 million workers could lose their jobs, at least temporarily. The Senate version of the bill, if adapted, would create an additional one million new jobs as well, according to Department of Transportation projections.

So why are House Republicans holding nearly three million jobs hostage? Because they want approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be included in the bill. This infographic gives a sense of the GOPís priorities:

http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/transpo-bill-jobs_edit-54.png

The State Department estimates that roughly 6,000 jobs would be created if the Keystone XL is approved, <span style="color: #CC0000">but as few as 20 of them will be permanent. </span>