By Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs, ARTBA
The Senate is scheduled to vote Feb. 2 on the nomination of Pete Buttigieg as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. His nomination advanced Jan. 27 out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by a 21-3 vote. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) opposed.
At his Jan. 21 confirmation hearing, Buttigieg said he wants to build on the Senate’s 2019 bipartisan highway reauthorization bill, study new funding measures, and examine opportunities for additional project delivery reforms. These and other actions will provide a “generational opportunity” for transportation infrastructure investment, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said.