In a move that's most symbolic since the post is empty, the so-called "car czar" position that was instated by President Obama during the bankruptcies and bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler has been eliminated as part of last week's federal budget cuts.
At least two vehicle research programs will also receive funding cuts.
This news means that the Obama Administration was willing to cut the "czar" position in order to cut a deal.
In a federal budget fight, some things are expendable. In this case, it was the czar position.