Rosekind Will Give Prepared Statement Before Congress Over Funding Concerns

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Testifying before Congress Tuesday, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind will give a statement on his agency’s need for funding to properly function.

Rosekind’s statement is one among those given by the witnesses called upon by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade to testify during its hearing over airbag supplier Takata and the safety issues surrounding the supplier’s airbags, Reuters reports.

His prepared statement will address the NHTSA’s analysis of the data from its investigation into Takata, as well as the aforementioned budget concerns his agency faces. Of the latter, Rosekind said the agency’s budget is, when adjusted for inflation, 23 percent lower than a decade ago, making the agency’s work difficult as technology pushes forward.

[Photo credit: U.S. Department of Transportation/ Facebook]

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • I personally would be willing to spend twice - three times as much on my driver's license if I was allowed to drive in the left lane at speeds above 90. Cop pulls me over, I show him the valid "ace" class license and he just lets me go. Maybe an "ace" class license plate as well? Then you use all the extra money to not only improve the roads, bridges and tunnels, but maximize efficiency of shipped products. Eliminate those STUPID, USELESS BIKE LANES that hurt efficiency of shipping. I'll show you how to make money.

  • TW5 TW5 on Jun 02, 2015

    Pull $100B out of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. The cost is over $1.6T and nearly 50% of the entire budget. Large chunks of the spending go to people who are already secure, and who've already milked the tax-deferred private retirement system or the federal/state/local pension system. Congress isn't going to fix anything. Gather a lynch mob of road construction workers and go to the SSA and HHS.

  • RideHeight RideHeight on Jun 02, 2015

    But he's wearing an NTSB vest in the photo. Did they trade him?

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Jun 03, 2015

    The NHTSA can operate effectively with less money and save the US taxpayer a lot of duplication. The US could become apart of the World Harmonisation of Automobiles. Why duplicate testing that is done in modern countries like Australia, Japan and the EU? This seems to be a waste. Why design vehicle emission regulations that are different and require massive support by the taxpayer? A change as large as I'm speaking wouldn't occur overnight and could be gradually implemented. This doesn't mean the US motorist will be driving EU econboxes either. Use Australia as an example, we are apart of the global vehicle harmonization process, but we don't tax cubic inches and use a silly footprint method to determine FE. As long as the vehicle more or less meets emission and safety regs it's good to go. This levels out the playing field and benefits industry and more importantly the consumer.