Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after President Obama nominated Charlotte, NC Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation.
"I applaud the President's selection of Mayor Foxx to take on the difficult job of improving our nation's vital but aging transportation infrastructure. As the Mayor of one of America's rapidly expanding cities and a champion of sustainability and intermodal transportation, Mayor Foxx has worked to ensure transportation serves the needs of local communities and businesses. He knows the importance of a modern, diverse, safe and efficient transportation system and that understanding will serve him well as we work to invest in updating our roads, rails, and airways.
"This selection comes at a critical time for the Department of Transportation and for a country that relies on a modern transportation network to grow businesses, improve mobility, and support middle-class jobs. Fifty years after we built a transportation system that gave rise to sustained economic prosperity, we are now faced with a crumbling and outdated system that has not kept pace with our nation's growth or our changing energy future.
"If confirmed, Mayor Foxx will lead an agency that must find bold and innovative solutions to funding, maintaining and building infrastructure that will allow us to create jobs at home and compete globally. This will require vision and leadership in an issue area where we have seen bipartisan agreement that greater federal investment is needed. As Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I will certainly be working to ensure that the Department has the resources needed to restore our transportation network to being the economic driver that we need it to be."