At a time when auto safety is all over the news and consumers want only to hear some plain-speaking about their auto safety agency, it is disappointing to read errors and misstatements about what's really happening.
The fact is, President Obama’s 2011 budget request of $878 million for NHTSA seeks a $5 million increase over this year's enacted budget of $873 million.In no case are we compromising NHTSA’s ability to perform its essential mission, safety.
Quite the contrary. President Obama's budget request seeks an increase of 66 NHTSA employees. Now, that's a 10% increase for the agency, and it means new employees in vehicle safety enforcement--the program area currently in the news.
Look, I'm all for vehicle safety experts keeping America's automobile consumers and drivers informed. If the information is valid. But, if the facts are not there, challenging President Obama's commitment to vehicle safety is simply wrong.
Well, the facts are not there. Indeed, the facts show only that this Administration has been pursuing auto safety vigorously since day-one.
And the facts show that under next year's budget--with 66 more people working for NHTSA--we will pursue vehicle safety even more vigorously.
I don't know what that sounds like to other commentators, but to me that sounds a lot like President Obama strengthening NHTSA.