4:16pm May 23, 2013

Anthony Foxx: Smooth Sailing at Confirmation Hearing to be Transportation Secretary


Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx encountered lots of friendly faces at his Senate confirmation hearing.  Even though Sen. John Thune (R-ND) decided today that President Obama’s nominee for Transportation Secretary, Mayor Anthony Foxx, is somehow responsible for answering letters that went unanswered under former Secretary Ray LaHood, it was mostly smooth sailing for Foxx at his confirmation hearing yesterday.  Those letters have to be answered “before you have my support” Thune said to Foxx.

Thune also asked Foxx about the highway bill and what his experience was with budgets. Thune also asked for about how he would build trust managing a staff of 50,000 people.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked Foxx to visit he sight of the recent train wreck in Connecticut.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked Foxx about snowmobiles, distracted drivers and small airplanes.  But all in all the Mayor of Charlotte had few tough questions.

“This is a non controversial nomination,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).  ”And it will probably stay a non controversial nomination,” he added. Even Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was no hassle for him.  With Foxx having a breezy confirmation, that may mean the Senate will hold up Tom Perez to be Secretary of Labor of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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  1. [...] According to a report from Politic365.com, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Foxx’s nomination is “non-controversial” and will more than likely remain that. [...]

  2. [...] According to a report from Politic365.com, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Foxx’s nomination is “non-controversial” and will more than likely remain that. [...]

  3. Chris Myres

    John Thune is from SD, not ND. Doesn’t mean he’s any smarter.

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