Nelson Dubs Partisanship `Job-Killing Gridlock'


U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson has lobbed harsh criticism at Congress, dubbing recent partisan bickering as "job-killing gridlock," and calling for passage of measures he says will create much-needed jobs.

Nelson said Wednesday in a telephone conference with reporters
that partisan gridlock is holding up transportation and aviation
bills, trade agreements and the 2012 budget.

The Nebraska Democrat says "the uncertainty will only continue
for American businesses and families, holding back job growth and
our economic recovery."

Nelson called on Congress to approve three delayed trade
agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia that he says will add
more than 1,000 Nebraska jobs in agriculture trade alone.

He also says Congress should extend soon-to-expire major highway
and aviation bills that he says would put people to work fixing
roads, bridges and airports.

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