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.