TTD Releases Statement on the Departure of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood

Transportation Trades Department, of which TCU is a member, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issued a statement following the announcement of the imminent departure of Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, “Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s departure from the President’s Cabinet is a loss for the nation as we strive to address America’s mounting passenger and freight transportation needs.

“Secretary LaHood has been a forceful advocate for a safe and modern transportation system.  He oversaw a historic $48 billion transportation economic stimulus program that created or saved hundreds of thousands of jobs. He sent a clear message that our economic recovery will stall if we failed to repair, upgrade and expand our battered transportation infrastructure and boost domestic transportation manufacturing. And he implemented major policy initiatives that will spur innovation and save lives.

In a statement released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Ray LaHood said, ”I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Department, and I am grateful to President Obama for giving me such an extraordinary opportunity. I plan to stay on until my successor is confirmed to ensure a smooth transition for the Department and all the important work we still have to do.

Click here to read the full release from the TTD.

Click here to read the full release from the U.S. DOT.

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