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Transportation Department Furloughs End

From Washington, DC’s Federal News Radio – WFED:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Transportation Department furloughs end

By Max Cacas
March 3, 2010

Furloughs at the Department of Transportation have come to an end and employees are to return to work Wednesday.

Whew! Still, pity all those poor transportation workers. Having to take an entire day off from work — with pay!

In a press release Tuesday evening, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "I am pleased that the Senate has acted to break its logjam and extend the Highway Trust Fund for another 30 days. This means that our valued employees may return to work. It also means that their important work getting the economy back on its feet, ensuring Americans’ safety and keeping critical construction projects moving will be able to continue."

Who knew that the Department of Transportation had such heady responsibilities?

For the record, we just checked, and despite this traumatic layoff for an afternoon, the road outside our door is still working.

Senate Democrats Tuesday evening reached an agreement with Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), ending his objection to a short-term, stop-gap spending bill designed to fund a number of government programs. The bill was then signed by President Barack Obama. The bill passed the House last week.

Since last Thursday, Bunning had objected to consideration of a House bill which would have covered a long list of spending priorities, including: providing a one-month extension of funding for highway programs at the Department of Transportation; an extension of unemployment insurance; and also coverage of COBRA benefits for those out of work.

Bunning had insisted that any extension include spending offsets to keep the cost of the bill from adding to the national debt…

Actually, it was not Mr. Bunning who insisted. It was the Democrat controlled Congress and Mr. Obama who passed and signed the PAYGO legislation, which requires by law that every spending bill be offset with spending cuts or additional taxes.

But obviously Federal News Radio obviously didn’t want to confuse their loyal listeners with such minor details.

Still, the fact that there is such a thing as “Federal News Radio” — which is celebrating its tenth year on the air — is perhaps a symptom of a larger problem.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Transportation Department Furloughs End”

  1. proreason says:

    These furloughs were the best gift to the country in decades. Every minute that government bureaucrats are prevented from regulating our lives adds hours to the survival of the country, and hours to our individual lifespans.

    As far as I’m concerned, they can draw their salaries. Just don’t let them do anything.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “For the record, we just checked, and despite this traumatic layoff for an afternoon, the road outside our door is still working.”

    Steve, you’re killin’ me man. I’ll be laughing at that all day.

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