Democrats in the House aim to pass job-creating legislation before the end of the year to ease double-digit unemployment levels that threaten the economic recovery, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday.

 

Top lawmakers are looking at a variety of options, including road construction, tax breaks and assistance to hard-pressed state governments, that could create jobs but also worsen budget deficits in the short term, Hoyer said.

 

“We’re moving ahead at a pace that hopefully will allow us to do something in the next three weeks,’’ the Maryland Democrat said at a news conference.