Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at National Press Club

Oct 12, 2011, 11:15 ET from National Press Club

To discuss consequences of congressional action and inaction, Oct. 13

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will appear at a National Press Club speakers luncheon on Oct. 13 to discuss the American Jobs Act and the role transportation plays in our nation's economy. LaHood will also discuss Congress's struggles over the 2012 federal budget and how it has affected transportation programs such as the Federal Aviation Administration, which was partially shut down this summer.


Congress averted another possible shutdown of the FAA in a last-minute deal to avert another round of furloughs by approving funding until January. Spending for federal highway programs was approved through the end of March.

LaHood had warned that a lapse in funding for programs that fund roads, bridges, and transit projects would cost nearly a million workers their jobs over the next year and almost $1 billion in highway funding after the first 10 days alone.

The Obama administration's view is that transportation investments create jobs and lay the foundation for future economic growth.

The Press Club luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m.  LaHood's remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made through (202) 662-7501 or  The cost of luncheon admission is $18 for National Press Club members, $29 for their guests, and $36 for the general public. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.

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The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event.

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SOURCE National Press Club