Pete Buttigieg speaks on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearings to look at his anticipated nomination to be Secretary of Transportation in Washington.
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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, handing the previous presidential candidate a wide selection of challenges — from President Joe Biden‘s environmental priorities to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Buttigieg, the previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana, final week simply received approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, following a largely friendly hearing. He was quizzed on points associated to Covid-19, much-needed infrastructure enchancment and strengthening the powers of the Federal Aviation Administration if he took the reins of the 55,000-person DOT.
In its first two weeks, the Biden administration has already taken a tough line on transportation measures that intention to curb the unfold of Covid-19. Biden prolonged an entry ban on most non-U.S. residents who’ve not too long ago been in Brazil, the U.Okay. and far of Europe. On Tuesday, the U.S. authorities began requiring passengers to put on masks on airplanes, trains, buses, ferries and different types of transportation.
Buttigieg’s DOT may develop into a driving or limiting drive within the adoption of rising applied sciences, particularly autonomous and electrical autos.
Biden has already directed federal businesses to think about revising vehicle-fuel emissions requirements that have been minimize by the Trump administration. He additionally stated he plans to exchange the federal government’s fleet of vehicles and vans with electrical autos assembled within the U.S.
The 39-year-old would be the first overtly homosexual particular person to be confirmed to carry a Cupboard place and one of many youngest ever.
—CNBC’s Michael Wayland contributed to this text.