Senate panel backs Obama picks for Commerce, Transportation

June 11, 2013 05:44


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WASHINGTON - The Senate Commerce Committee on Monday gave strong bipartisan backing to President Barack Obama's nominees to head the Departments of Transportation and Commerce, sending them to the Senate floor for approval.

The committee voted unanimously for Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to be US Transportation secretary and billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker to be Commerce secretary, filling two more spots on Obama's second-term economic team.

It was not clear how soon the full Senate would vote on the nominations. That could depend on whether Republicans agree to work with Democrats to move them speedily.

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