DOT chief launches bus tour to push for transport funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is launching a national bus tour to push lawmakers to approve a new round of road and transit funding.

The bus tour comes as lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to approve new transportation fuding before the current legislation expires. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that the transportation department’s Highway Trust Fund will go bankrupt as early as August without congressional action.

The DOT said Foxx will travel to eight states next week to “make the case for a robust multiyear federal investment as proposed by the Obama administration that will address the current shortfall and meet the country’s future needs, all without adding to the deficit.” 


Senate readies transportation funding proposal

Lawmakers in the Senate are preparing to make a “major” announcement about transportation funding on Thursday as lawmakers race to beat a deadline for a bankruptcy in the pool of money that is used to pay for road transit projects.  

The announcement will come from the top lawmakers on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The lawmakers “will make a major announcement regarding the reauthorization of the transportation bill, entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)” on Thursday morning, the panel announced.


TSA union: Ryan budget returns airport security to pre-9/11 levels

The union that represents Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers is arguing that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) proposed budget for fiscal 2015 would return airport security to pre-9/11 levels. 

Ryan proposed a $1.014 trillion budget for 2015 this week that he says would help cut $5.1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade. 

Ryan’s budget calls for reducing the amount of money that is given to the TSA, among other cuts to transportation-related funding. 

The American Federation of Government Employees union, which represents TSA workers, said Ryan’s proposal would result in more airport security checkpoints being privatized.