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Vote on Nominees for Transportation and Commerce Secretaries Heads to Senate Floor

SenateAnthony Foxx and Penny Pritzker have received Senate Commerce Committee bipartisan backing as secretaries of transport and commerce, respectively, Reuters reported Monday.

Doug Palmer writes that the committee’s unanimous votes send both Obama nominations to the Senate floor for approval, the schedule for which is yet to be determined.

“There has been strong bipartisan support for these nominees and it was evident again today,” Jay Rockefeller, Senate Commerce Committee chairman, said in a statement.

“I urge my colleagues to act quickly now to schedule votes on their nominations.”

Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, NC, has experience in light rail, streetcar and airport projects.

At his hearing, he told Congress he will find a way to fund U.S. infrastructure needs at a time of tight budgets in the Federal government. 

Pritzker, a businesswoman from Chicago, was a member of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign and heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune.

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