Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary
The Senate on Wednesday voted 86-13 to confirm Pete Buttigieg as secretary of transportation.
Why it matters: The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor is the first openly gay man to be confirmed as a Cabinet member. At 39, he is also the youngest person to head the department.
The big picture: The Department of Transportation will play an important role in President Biden’s plans to fight climate change and revitalize the country's infrastructure as part of his "Build Back Better" agenda.
- During his confirmation hearings, Buttigieg pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by pushing the use of electric vehicles and introducing new federal automotive fuel economy standards.
- While Republican senators warned of potential disagreements in regard to updating infrastructure, they also said they looked forward to having future discussions with Buttigieg on the topic.
Catch up quick: The Senate has already confirmed several other Cabinet nominees: