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Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1982 White House Federalism Initiative – Jan. 25 Draft

April 16,2015 Internal White House summary of a proposed "New Federalism" initiative for President Reagan, dated January 1982, which would have turned back significant highway and mass transit spending (and their...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1977 President Carter Handwritten Note to Sec. Adams Opposing New Subway Systems

March 24,2015 President Carter's March 1977 handwritten note to new Transportation Secretary Brock Adams explaining why the President thought most new subway systems were a bad idea.
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1962 Sorensen Memo to JFK on Draft Transportation Message to Congress

March 16,2015 A memo to President Kennedy from his senior advisor Ted Sorensen written on March 16, 1962, as the Administration was working on the text of the transportation message to Congress that the President...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1972 Highway Bill “No Bill” Strategy Memo

March 12,2015 In October 1972, House and Senate negotiations over the biannual highway bill were breaking down over the issue of whether or not the Highway Trust Fund should be opened up to fund mass transit...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1978 President Carter Meeting on Airline Deregulation Bill

March 03,2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a Carter Administration memo preparing the President for a meeting with the chairmen of the House and Senate transportation committees, Rep. Harold...
Historical Documents

Creation of the Amtrak Route Map

February 24,2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is an exchange of memoranda from late 1970 and early 1971 between the Nixon White House, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of...
Historical Documents

1956 AASHO Letter to Senator Byrd

February 19,2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a letter sent from Rex Whitton, the head of the American Association of State Highway Officials, to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Harry...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

FY 1982 Reagan Transportation Budget Details

February 03,2015 Few budget amendments have been broader in their scope than the ones submitted by Ronald Reagan in March and April 1981 for the fiscal year 1982 budget. Of particular note are the proposed aviation...
Historical Documents

1915 Coast Guard Origination Statute

January 28,2015 Wednesday, January 28, is the 100th anniversary of President Wilson's signing of the law that created the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Act combined two existing services: the Revenue Cutter Service...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1915 Report of the Joint Committee on Federal Aid to Good Roads

January 21,2015 On January 21, 1915, the Congressional Joint Committee on Federal Aid in the Construction of Post Roads issued its final report to Congress. The report of the Joint Committee represented, by far, the...
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