President Obama signed into law the FAST Act(Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), H.R. 22. There was no ceremony and no fanfare - just a simple statement from the White House that the President had signed the bill (which followed a presidential statement from earlier yesterday morning saying that the bill was “not perfect, but it is a commonsense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction”). The text of the enrolled bill as signed into law is here.
Someone asked ETW last night, “when was the last time that a multi-year surface transportation bill was signed into law without any public ceremony?” It took a few seconds to think of the answer.
You have to go all the way back to 1978 to find a highway bill signed or vetoed by the President without any kind of public ceremony. It was signed into law on November 6, 1978 - the day before the midterm Congressional elections - and Carter’s diary indicates he was at Camp David all day.
READ: President Obama Signs FAST Act, First Long-Term Transportation Bill in a Decade - Posted by Anthony Foxx
READ: American Public Transportation Association Applauds Passage and Signage of FAST Act
READ: CTAA Initial FAST Act Analysis
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