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'Crisis in Roadway Deaths' Leads to Big Move by Feds

Automatic emergency braking will soon have to come standard on all new US passenger vehicles

(Newser) - In the not-too-distant future, automatic emergency braking will have to come standard on all new passenger vehicles in the US, a requirement the government says will save hundreds of lives and prevent thousands of injuries each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled the new regulation on Monday, calling...

Airline Passengers Get Good News From the DOT

New guidelines require airlines to spell out all fees, quickly issue cash refunds for canceled flights

(Newser) - Airline passengers will soon see some relief when it comes to refunds and so-called junk fees. Per new rules set out by the Biden administration on Wednesday, airlines must now show the full price of travel when passengers are booking their trip, reports NPR . That means that airlines have to...

House GOP Tries to Slash Buttigieg's Salary to $1

Though amendment is unlikely to go anywhere

(Newser) - House Republicans on Tuesday once again used one of the chamber's rules to rebuke a member of the Biden administration, moving to reduce Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's salary to $1. The salary cut was passed via voice vote as an amendment to a 2024 spending bill, Politico reports....

Buttigieg Weighs In on Mike Johnson's LGBTQ+ Views

Transportation secretary zings new House speaker on Colbert show: 'Maybe we'll just have him over'

(Newser) - Mike Johnson has been withstanding quite a bit of scrutiny since he ascended last month from being a virtually unknown Republican congressman to his current role as speaker of the House. Especially in the spotlight: the Louisiana lawmaker's anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric over the years, which has now spurred Pete...

White House Is Cracking Down on Airline Cancellations

Airlines would have to reimburse customers for delays that were within their control

(Newser) - The Biden administration is proposing new regulations that would require airlines to compensate passengers and cover their meals and hotels if they are stranded for reasons within the airline's control. As the AP reports, President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were unveiling the plan on Monday. It continues...

Traffic Deaths Are Down, but It's Still a 'National Crisis'

Preliminary numbers show a 0.3% decrease

(Newser) - The number of people killed on US roadways decreased slightly last year, but government officials said the 42,795 people who died is still a national crisis, reports the AP . Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the number of fatalities dropped 0.3% from the 42,...

Another Train Flies Off the Tracks in Fiery Accident

BNSF train carrying ethanol, corn syrup derails in Raymond, Minnesota; local homes evacuated

(Newser) - A train hauling ethanol and corn syrup derailed and caught fire in Minnesota early Thursday, and nearby residents were ordered to evacuate their homes, authorities said. The AP reports that a BNSF train derailed in the town of Raymond, roughly 100 miles west of Minneapolis, at about 1am, according to...

Pence's Buttigieg Jokes Don't Amuse White House

Biden aide calls for apology over 'maternity leave' and postpartum depression remarks

(Newser) - President Biden's press secretary said Monday that former Vice President Mike Pence owes a round of apologies for jokes he made about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, which the White House called homophobic. Pence made the remarks in his speech Saturday night at journalists' yearly Gridiron dinner in Washington, the...

Buttigieg Addresses Criticism of His Derailment Reaction

Transportation secretary says he 'could have spoken sooner'

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg's reaction to the disastrous Ohio train derailment was controversial not because of what he said, but because of the fact that he didn't say anything at all for 10 days. On Tuesday, the transportation secretary acknowledged to CBS News that was a mistake. "I was...

Pete Buttigieg Gives Southwest CEO a Warning

Airline could face fines if legal obligations to customers are not met

(Newser) - The Department of Transportation had warned it was looking into Southwest Airlines' massive problems over the last few days, and on Tuesday the department's secretary said he's offered a personal warning to the airline's CEO. "I made clear that our department will be holding them accountable...

Senate Joins House in Voting to Impose Railroad Contract

Legislation prohibiting shutdown goes to Biden for his signature

(Newser) - The Senate moved quickly Thursday to avert a rail strike that the Biden administration and business leaders warned would have devastating consequences for the nation's economy. The Senate passed a bill to bind rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the rail companies and...

Buttigieg: Protesters at Kavanaugh's Dinner A-OK

Transportation secretary sees no issue with protesters outside Morton's

(Newser) - Protesters gathered outside the Morton's steakhouse in Washington, DC, last week as Brett Kavanaugh dined inside, demanding the Supreme Court justice be kicked out. Pete Buttigieg has no problem with that. The transportation secretary was asked about the issue Sunday on Fox News because his husband Chasten tweeted about...

Buttigieg, Who's Been Stranded, Warns of Steps Against Airlines

Industry bosses say they're working to make sure next holiday weekend has fewer disruptions

(Newser) - The day after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline leaders to quiz them about widespread flight disruptions, his own flight was canceled and he wound up driving from Washington to New York. "That is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying...

Buttigieg Goes After Abbott Labs on Baby Formula

Transportation chief, who has infant twins, says the nationwide shortage is 'very personal'

(Newser) - Parents nationwide are scrambling to find baby formula amid a national shortage, and the issue is familiar to one high-ranking member of the Biden administration. "This is very personal for us," Department of Transportation chief Pete Buttigieg told Face the Nation Sunday on CBS. "We've got...

FAA Wants Record Fines for Passengers Who Bit
FAA Wants to Fine 
Passenger $82K

FAA Wants to Fine Passenger $82K

Another would have to pay $77K after both are accused of biting people on flights

(Newser) - Two airline passengers accused of biting people on their flights are facing the highest fines ever imposed for bad behavior by the FAA. The agency is seeking a penalty of almost $82,000 against a woman it says fought crew members and other passengers on an American Airlines flight last...

Buttigieg, Harris, and the Elephant in the Room
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Buttigieg, Harris, and the Elephant in the Room

A trip to trumpet infrastructure instead triggers coverage about their political ambitions

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to North Carolina together on Thursday to talk up the administration's infrastructure plans. However, coverage of the trip isn't focusing on roads and bridges, but on the political machinations at play—or at least perceived to be at...

Buttigiegs' Halloween Post Brings Both Smiles, Concern

2-month-old Joseph August, who was a traffic cone for Halloween, was in hospital for the holiday

(Newser) - A Halloween surprise from the Buttigieg family drew both likes and expressions of support after an Instagram post by the transportation secretary's husband. "Happy Halloween from these #twinfrastructure safety advocates!" Chasten Buttigieg wrote , with one of his accompanying pictures showing Pete Buttigieg as he held one of...

Pete Buttigieg Hits Back at Tucker Carlson

Says he won't apologize for taking paternity leave

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg is not apologizing. That's the official word from the transportation secretary after Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked him for taking paternity leave . "As you might imagine, we're bottle-feeding and doing it at all hours of the day and night," Buttigieg said on CNN'...

Tucker Carlson Mocks Buttigieg Over Paternity Leave

Transportation secretary back on the job after time off for new twins

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg is typically one of the most visible of President Biden's Cabinet members in regard to TV appearances and the like. However, the transportation secretary has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile of late, and Politico just revealed why: He went on paid paternity leave in August after...

Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Have 2 Reasons to Celebrate

The transportation secretary and his husband welcomed a baby boy and girl

(Newser) - Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, are celebrating the arrival of not one—but two—bundles of joy. The first openly gay person to be confirmed by the Senate for a Cabinet position had shared last month that the couple had become parents after seeking to adopt. "...

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