Chamber of Commerce
These are serious consequences, and the pain will be felt all across the country. In Virginia, 19,000 jobs are at risk. In Minnesota, more than 12,000. And in Florida, over 35,000 people could be out of work if Congress doesn't act.
That makes no sense – and it's completely avoidable. There's no reason to put more jobs at risk in an industry that has been one of the hardest-hit in this recession. There's no reason to cut off funding for transportation projects at a time when so many of our roads are congested; so many of our bridges are in need of repair; and so many businesses are feeling the cost of delays.
This isn't a Democratic or a Republican issue – it's an American issue. That's why, last week, I was joined at the White House by representatives from the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce – two groups who don't see eye-to-eye much, but who agree that it's critically important for our economy that Congress act now.