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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about the "Cash for Clunkers" program in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2009. (AP)

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about the "Cash for Clunkers" program in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2009. (AP)

Barack Obama’s Republican Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, is in the middle of an awful lot of American life and economic action lately.

Cash for clunkers? That’s his baby. Billions in stimulus money for new roads and jobs? That’s his, too. Not to mention high-speed rail, a national infrastructure bank, a “passengers’ bill of rights” for air travelers, and what to do about people texting while driving.

The longtime GOP congressman is with us today. This hour, a conversation with the man in the middle — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joins us from Washington.  A Republican and former Congressman, he represented the 18th district of Illinois from 1995 until this past January. As U.S. Transportation Secretary he oversees 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion. His blog is The Fast Lane.

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