In an interview
, Jim Oberstar, who served as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2007 to 2011, said the slow pace of Congress may mean the Obama administration should take action on transportation policies on its own.
Funding for the Department of Transportation will run out in 41 days, according to Politico
’s count. The current surface transportation policy runs out in a little more than a year, and the countdown for the Federal Aviation Administration’s bill is 771 days.
“I think what the White House should do is just take an array of authorities that exist, put them together in one package that doesn’t need action by Congress and say ‘this is what we’re going to do,” he said.