1970 White House Memo on Motivation Behind Highway Impoundments

1970 White House Memo on Motivation Behind Highway Impoundments

November 18, 2015  | ENO CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION

April 29, 1970 confidential memo from White House aide Ed Harper to President Nixon’s domestic policy czar, John Ehrlichman, suggesting that the President impound (hold back from availability) even more highway contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund. The aim was to cause the Highway Trust Fund’s unspent balances to build up so that they could build support for opening up the Trust Fund to spending on non-highway programs like mass transit.

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