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The higher funding would be used to hire more safety engineers and experts, update vehicle crash testing facilities and improve NHTSA's vehicle safety databases. President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE's fiscal 2011 budget calls for NHTSA to hire 66 new employees. 

NHTSA has come under fire for its handling of the Toyota case and lawmakers have pushed for a larger budget for the agency despite its administrator David Strickland's arguments that the agency had enough money and the current employees can handle the workload. 

In a March hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Strickland defended the work of its 131 employees saying they were up to the task.