The week ahead: Wheels begin to turn on highway bill

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is not optimistic his former colleagues in Congress can reach a deal this year at all.

“There will not be a bill before the election,” LaHood, who was a member of the House before being appointed by President Obama, said at a transportation event last week.

“I wish I could say we’ll get a transportation bill [in the next six months], but I know we won’t,” LaHood said.

Additionally this week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's subcommittee on Aviation will hold a hearing Wednesday on aviation safety.