Seeking advice from labor and business experts, Senator Specter issued a simple mandate; What is the best way to create or sustain jobs in the commonwealth?
"Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, that's what we're looking for right now," said Specter.
"There is no way to come out of this recession, except that you create a lot more jobs and they've got to be living wage jobs, jobs that pay good wages and healthcare,' said Bill George, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
Federal stimulus dollars have jump-started road construction projects generating thousands of jobs. The housing market and new home construction in particular have been hit hard by the recession.
"It's been bad, there are a lot less builders out there today than there were and there's a lot less building suppliers, drywallers, carpeting installers all of that," added Michael Garman, builder.
Garman is a builder from Ephrata. He says one program helping keep builders afloat is the first-time homebuyers tax credit. Buyers can claim up to $8,000 dollars in tax credit, and that has been spurring construction and sustaining jobs. He urged Senator Specter to ask Congress to extend the program which is slated to run out next month.
"I just think it needs to be continued until the economy gets legs underneath it," added Garman.
"I would want to extend it for a minimum of six months with consideration for a renewal of up to a full year," added Specter.
Specter believes Congress would support expanding the first time homebuyers tax credit. He would support extending the program to all potential homebuyers, but says the extension needs more discussion.