Senate approves Trump pick to be No. 2 at Transportation Department
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Trump’s nominee to be No. 2 at the Department of Transportation (DOT).
In a 56-42 vote, the upper chamber endorsed Jeffrey A. Rosen to be deputy secretary of the DOT. As second in command to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Rosen will supervise the agency’s day-to-day operations.
Rosen, who was most recently a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, previously served as general counsel for both the DOT and the Office of Management and Budget.
“I am delighted to welcome Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen to the Department. His extensive background in transportation, budget, regulatory reform and management will be invaluable as we implement the President’s agenda,” Chao said.
His confirmation comes as the administration announced plans on Monday to unveil a broad sketch of Trump’s highly anticipated infrastructure package in the next “several weeks.”
Some Democrats opposed Rosen’s nomination because of the administration’s proposed cuts to the DOT budget, including eliminating some popular infrastructure grant programs.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who voted against Rosen’s confirmation, said she will continue to oppose all DOT nominees until the White House unblocks federal funding that was supposed to be used on electrifying a portion of Caltrain’s commuter rail system.
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