Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, whose confirmation hearing for U.S. transportation secretary is set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, is expected to have a clear path to the nomination.
But the conservative Heritage Foundation has eight questions that it would like asked:
• What is the appropriate federal role in transportation policy? Could Washington hand over certain activities to states or localities?
• How do you believe Highway Trust Fund revenues should be spent? What do you think the goals of the federal highway program should be?
• Do you think spending on transit is an effective use of federal taxpayer dollars?
• Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood described his livability initiative as a way to “coerce people out of the cars.” Do you endorse such government intrusion into Americans’ lives?
• Do you agree with the administration’s high-speed rail vision? If so, how would you pay for it?
• Do you support subjecting the operation of Amtrak’s passenger rail lines to competition to lower costs and save taxpayer money?
• Do you support federal “stimulus,” such as the $50 billion in immediate infrastructure “investments” included in President Obama’s budget?
• Should the federal government create a national infrastructure bank?
Read its full issue brief here.
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