WASHINGTON, DC - Following the release of unemployment numbers for May, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said:

"Today's unemployment numbers underscore the necessity of passing a transportation bill that does not cut transportation funding. Clearly, the indecision in passing a transportation reauthorization bill is having a terrible impact on the construction industry -- 28,000 construction jobs lost last 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."