On the Hill

Pelosi Focuses on Jobs

What does Nancy Pelosi want most for Christmas? A jobs bill. After passing health-care reform, Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are hoping for a legislative solution to rising unemployment by the New Year. They are still debating, however, whether to do one package or a series of smaller bills. The main idea for job creation is to find a compromise on a highway-construction bill whose long-term expansion the Senate and White House have been resisting. The main hang-up is how to cover its $500 billion cost.