February 24th, 2013
09:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says

(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.
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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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Transportation Secretary LaHood to leave post
January 29th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Transportation Secretary LaHood to leave post

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.
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LaHood won't stay for second term
October 13th, 2011
05:54 PM ET
3 years ago

LaHood won't stay for second term

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.
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Filed under: President Obama • Ray LaHood
Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute
August 3rd, 2011
08:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute

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.

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Filed under: FAA • President Obama • Ray LaHood
Expected cost of FAA funding feud: At least $1.2 billion
August 2nd, 2011
06:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Expected cost of FAA funding feud: At least $1.2 billion

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.

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Filed under: FAA • Jay Rockefeller • Ray LaHood
Administration announces $2 billion for high-speed rail
May 9th, 2011
03:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Administration announces $2 billion for high-speed rail

(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.

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Filed under: Ray LaHood
Feds pull high-speed rail funds from Wisconsin, Ohio
December 9th, 2010
06:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Feds pull high-speed rail funds from Wisconsin, Ohio

(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.
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Filed under: California • Ohio • Ray LaHood • Wisconsin
November 9th, 2010
07:35 PM ET
4 years ago

LaHood to states: Proceed with rail projects or give up stimulus funds

(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.
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June 18th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama and LaHood leave the White House

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 President Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood leave the White House Wednesday en route to Columbus, Ohio. (PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Schultze/CNN)



Filed under: President Obama • Ray LaHood
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