(CNN) – The Department of Transportation will have no choice but to cut staffing of air traffic controllers if the upcoming forced spending cuts take effect, the agency's boss said Sunday, defending against allegations that the warnings are merely bluster to help the Obama administration force a deal with congressional Republicans.
As part of the forced cuts, which total $85 billion for the entire government, the Federal Aviation Administration will be required to slash $600 million from its budget. Appearing at the White House on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned those cuts would result in major delays at American airports.
(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.
Washington (CNN) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the lone Republican in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, announced Tuesday that he's leaving the administration for the president's second term.
The departure of LaHood is the latest of several changes in Obama's administration since the president won re-election in November. He's at least the sixth Cabinet official to say he is leaving as Obama begins his next four years in office.
Washington (CNN) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday he is staying in his post only through President Obama's first term, and will not run for public office.
LaHood, 65, the sole Republican in President Obama's cabinet, spoke to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday after a National Press Club event at which he urged passage of the President's jobs bill. LaHood told the paper he would not run for public office again, specifically ruling out a run for governor of Illinois. He previously served for 14 years as a member of Congress from the state.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.
The Democratic-led Senate went on its summer recess Tuesday without approving what would have been the 21st short-term funding extension for the FAA. The Republican-led House previously passed a short-term extension, but included some changes opposed by Democrats.
Washington (CNN) - The House adjourned for summer recess Monday night without resolving a Federal Aviation Administration funding impasse, almost guaranteeing that nearly 4,000 FAA employees will remain furloughed for the next month, and that the federal government will lose at least $1.2 billion in airline passenger tax revenue.
The only possible resolution, one official said, is if the Senate approves the House bill. But that was deemed highly unlikely.
(CNN) – The Obama administration rolled out another $2 billion in funding Monday for high-speed rail development - part of an ongoing push for infrastructure modernization supported partly by the 2009 economic stimulus package.
Fifteen states and Amtrak will receive the money to back 22 high-speed intercity passenger rail projects. Among other things, the funds will be used to improve speed and service in the Boston-Washington "Northeast Corridor," add faster rail lines in the Midwest, and help spur more efficient train service between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
(CNN) - The Obama administration is pulling back $1.2 billion in funding for high-speed rail projects in Ohio and Wisconsin after the governors-elect in both states vowed to kill the proposed train lines.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that he would re-direct the funds to other states, with California set to receive the largest sum.
(CNN) - In some post-election hardball between the Obama administration and newly-elected Republicans, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is threatening to take back stimulus funds from states if they do not follow through on proposed rail projects.
CNN obtained copies of letters LaHood sent to incoming Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin who have stated their opposition to rail projects already underway in their states. In the letters, LaHood said a rail link between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati in Ohio, and a high-speed rail connection between Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are vital to economic growth in both regions.
President Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood leave the White House Wednesday en route to Columbus, Ohio. (PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Schultze/CNN)