U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House April 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. The annual Easter Prayer Breakfast brings together Christian leaders from across the United States to celebrate the arrival of Easter.
Vice President Joe Biden on Friday urged a bipartisan approach for fixing the nation's urban infrastructure problems at the same time he blamed Republicans in Congress for holding up passage of a transportation bill that could fund construction jobs around the country.
Biden told hundreds of mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting at a Universal Studios resort in Orlando that party politics should be set aside when figuring out how to fund cities' infrastructure and limit the devastation of the nationwide foreclosure crisis.
``We need to put aside all of the partisanship,'' Biden said. ``That's how we used to do it.''
Despite the call for bipartisanship, Biden blamed Republicans in Congress for failing to pass a $109 billion transportation bill that could fund construction jobs around the country.
Biden also touted the Obama administration's 2009 Recovery Act., saying it helped mayors keep police officers on the street and hospitals open. The Democratic vice president thanked Republican mayors who supported the measure.
One such mayor was Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a registered Republican. Her city spent $14 million from the Recovery Act keeping 41 police officers on the streets.
``Mayors are involved in the day-to-day delivery of crucial services,'' Swearengin said. ``And we tend to put partisanship aside.''