Pete Buttigieg Impresses on Capitol Hill
NewDEAL Alumnus Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Transportation, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, emphasizing he’ll bring a local perspective to the top transportation job. If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the second NewDEALer to lead the Department of Transportation after Secretary Anthony Foxx, also a former mayor, served in the Obama administration. He would also be the first openly gay member of a Cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate. As the Washington Post reports, Buttigieg was a leader in innovative transportation policy as mayor, and he offers a perspective on the importance of an effective federal partnership with states and cities. Take a look at the NewDEAL Forum Renewing America Task Force’s white paper on effective policy to restore trust in transit and expand access for a taste of what could get done with a friend to states and cities leading the Department of Transportation. Read more about the hearing here.