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Senate set to confirm Buttigieg for transportation secretary

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Posted at 2:38 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 02:38:19-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to approve Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, which would make him the first openly gay person ever confirmed to a Cabinet post.

Buttigieg would be tasked with advancing President Joe Biden's wide-ranging agenda of rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and fighting climate change.

Buttigieg's nomination is set for a vote Tuesday in the full Senate.

The 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has pledged to promote safety and restore consumer trust in America's transportation sector, which has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.