Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error
July 30th, 2014
03:57 PM ET
2 months ago

Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error

Washington (CNN) - Senators trying to mount a head-on battle with the House over highway funding may have doomed their own bill with a $2 billion mistake.

“We are working to address this technical error,” wrote Tara DiJulio, spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who cosponsored the legislation along with two Democrats.

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Filed under: 2014 • Department of Transportation • Senate
July 16th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate Democrats to back House highway bill

The highway funding crisis is about to end. (For now.)

Senate Democratic leaders have agreed to pass a nearly $11 billion House measure that would extend the life of the Highway Trust Fund through next spring, CNN has learned.

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Obama's Republican road rage
July 15th, 2014
01:18 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama's Republican road rage

McLean, Virginia (CNN) - His car wasn't moving Tuesday, but President Barack Obama was gunning for Republicans.

After testing a car simulator at a research facility here - an experience he equated to stepping into "Knight Rider" - the President let loose on GOP lawmakers, saying his opponents were standing in the way of any legislative fixes to the country's problems.

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July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama to Republicans: 'So sue me'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

"Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.

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Obama to push for infrastructure projects, resulting jobs
President Obama in 2011 stood in front of the Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac River to address the country's infrastructure
May 14th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama to push for infrastructure projects, resulting jobs

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(CNN) – In a bid to address the country's crumbling infrastructure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will use the backdrop of New York's outdated Tappan Zee Bridge to warn that House Republicans are jeopardizing thousands of American jobs by failing to replenish the nation's highway trust fund.

"While a bipartisan group of members in the Senate are working toward a compromise, there has been no progress by House Republicans to date on the issue. A look at the House Republican approach to infrastructure shows the same top-down approach to the economy that isn't good for the middle class or jobs," a White House official said.

The White House official is referring to a transportation bill put forth by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat.

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Charlotte mayor nominated for transportation secretary
April 29th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Charlotte mayor nominated for transportation secretary

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama tapped the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday to head his Department of Transportation.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn't serve a second term. LaHood has said he will remain in his post until a successor is confirmed. The transportation secretary is responsible for overseeing the nation's roads, airports and railways.
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Transportation pick would add to Cabinet diversity
April 29th, 2013
10:13 AM ET
1 year ago

Transportation pick would add to Cabinet diversity

(CNN) – If President Barack Obama still needed a reminder that diversity within his second term Cabinet was a contentious issue, he got one Saturday night.

"Mr. President, your hair is so white it can be a member of your Cabinet," jabbed Conan O'Brien at the annual correspondents' dinner in Washington, drawing laughs and some loud "ooos" from the crowd of political insiders.
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Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary
April 28th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will tap Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary, a White House official with knowledge of his decision said Sunday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn’t serve a second term. LaHood has said he will remain in his post until a successor is confirmed.
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White House, GOP spar after FAA reprieve
April 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

White House, GOP spar after FAA reprieve

(CNN) - Forced government-wide spending cuts reduced staffing of air traffic controllers and slowed the aviation system this week, resulting in flight delays for travelers. But congressional intervention permitting new budget flexibility that allows them to return to work has, for the moment, reignited fierce political debate over spending and taxes.

President Barack Obama and some Capitol Hill Democrats complained that Washington was now unwisely picking winners and losers after congressional inaction on deficit reduction earlier this year triggered $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts.
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LA mayor says he has no interest in Cabinet post
February 2nd, 2013
10:49 AM ET
2 years ago

LA mayor says he has no interest in Cabinet post

(CNN) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is staying put for now.

Villaraigosa, who some speculated would succeed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said late Friday he is not interested in any role on President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
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