"Today's jobs report highlights once again the need for the Congress to take action in order to help create jobs. One thing we must do is pass the transportation reauthorization bill that will strengthen our infrastructure, improve our competitiveness, and put Americans back to work. Construction jobs now make up just 4.1 percent of our economy, the lowest ratio since 1946. Last month alone, 28,000 construction jobs were lost. Unfortunately, Delaware is among the states shedding the most construction jobs, with a 9 percent contraction last year.
"Construction firms and contractors can't complete long term projects because they can't map out construction schedules and start work without the certainty of long-term transportation funding. I reiterate my call on House leadership to take the political provisions out of this legislation and bring the substance of the bill to the floor immediately. Passage of this legislation has always been bipartisan -- until this year."