"Right now there are 30 bipartisan bills that have hit a 'Reid Roadblock' in the U.S. Senate. The House has passed policies that are good for West Virginia, like giving the states the ability set their own environmental standards and delaying implementation of costly clean air rules which are threatening to shut down coal-fired power plants," Capito said in the statement.
"Passing a highway bill is essential, but we also need the Senate to stop the bickering and help us move these bills," Capito said. "I have long stated that we need a federal highway bill that will put West Virginians back to work, especially in the construction, transportation and energy sectors which have been hard hit in this economic downturn.
"A federal highway bill will make sure Washington prioritizes taxpayer dollars smartly on projects that will create jobs and fix our nation's bridges and roads," Capito said.
On her Twitter account, Capito also fired off several messages to Rockefeller, asking about bills passed by the House but not taken up in the Senate.
McKinley, who was traveling in his district on Friday, could not be reached for a comment.
Rahall, the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, has opposed the bill passed by that committee.
"The House Republican leadership wants to continue peddling their 'my way or the highway' plan they have been pursuing, which is leading us down a very dangerous and destructive path with the March 31 deadline in sight. No one appears to be at the steering wheel," Rahall said.
"Instead of kicking the can down the road with an extension, which we have been doing for far too long, we should send down the road a two-year bipartisan highway bill the president can sign into law today to put West Virginians back to work and create certainty at the start of the construction season," he said.
In his letter, Rockefeller praised the Senate's bipartisan vote on its version of the bill.
"In a time of deep divisions and acrimony, this vote showed that it is possible to come together and move real bipartisan legislation," Rockefeller wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.