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Buttigieg Defends FY24 Budget on Capitol Hill

Transport Topics

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter

March 23, 2023

Transportation Secretary Emphasizes Safety and Connectivity

The safety and connectivity of the country’s transportation system would improve with adoption of President Joe Biden’s fiscal 2024 budget request, Secretary Pete Buttigieg told senators March 23.

The secretary pointed to funding proposals for agencies in the Department of Transportation set up to protect passengers on the nation’s highways. Boosting funds for programs at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for instance, would lead to myriad benefits for communities as well as the freight sector.

At a hearing of an appropriations subcommittee, Buttigieg promoted the budget’s $3.1 billion for the Highway Safety Improvement Program, which he explained would result in “new funding for safer walking and biking infrastructure, and advanced safety research initiatives.”

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