Senate committee gives OK to Charlotte’s Mayor as head of transportation

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WASHINGTON — A Senate committee voted unanimously Monday to approve President Barack Obama’s nominees to head the Commerce and Transportation departments, WTVD reports.

The Commerce, Science and Technology Committee didn’t bother to meet to vote on the nominations of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx for Transportation and Chicago billionaire business executive and philanthropist Penny Pritzker for Commerce. Senators instead dropped by a room off the Senate floor, where a committee clerk recorded their “ayes,” according to the report.

Foxx won national recognition when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last year. He was a key surrogate in North Carolina for Obama during his re-election.

Pritzker is a longtime Obama friend who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his presidential campaigns.

More at: WTVD

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