There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
If President Barack Obama manages to pass his American Jobs Act—far from likely, but still the administration’s number one priority these days—Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will have another $60 billion to kick around, what with $50 billion worth of investments in highways and transit, plus another $10 billion for a National Infrastructure Bank. That’s good news for D.C., since LaHood has been a friend to the city during his time here, and could send a few million our way for priorities—think the embryonic streetcar system and as-yet-unfunded plans for high-speed rail into Union Station. In the meantime, LaHood has been weathering a massive headache courtesy of Congress’ inability to fund highway projects and the Federal Aviation Administration in a timely manner. Today, he expounds on the former and vents about the latter over lunch at the National Press Club. Is red meat on the menu?