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In a 56-42 vote May 16, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jeffrey A. Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), second in command to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, The Hill reports.
Rosen’s confirmation comes as President Trump’s highly anticipated infrastructure package is set to be unveiled within the next several weeks.
“I am delighted to welcome Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen to the Department,” Chao told the news agency. “His extensive background in transportation, budget, regulatory reform and management will be invaluable as we implement the President’s agenda.”
Some Democrats opposed Rosen’s nomination, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said she will continue to oppose all DOT nominees until the White House unblocks federal funding that was supposed to be used to electrify part of Caltrain’s commuter rail system.