AASHTO Journal

Senate Confirms More Transportation Nominees; Committee Advances Others

The full Senate voted Aug. 3 to confirm Mark Buzby to be administrator of the Maritime Administration, David Pekoske to head the Transportation Security Administration and Robert Sumwalt to chair the National Transportation Safety Board – where he has been acting chairman – and to serve another term as NTSB member.

capitol0816.jpgThe Senate included those three in the vote with a larger group of administration nominees for various agencies, but did not act on other pending transportation nominees.

That action came a day after the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted Aug. 2 to refer Buzby, Sumwalt and two more of President Trump's transportation-related nominees to the full Senate for confirmation.

The committee said it approved by voice vote the nominations of Buzby and Sumwalt, plus that of Ronald Batory to run the Federal Railroad Administration.

In a 14 to 13 roll call vote, the committee also advanced the nomination of Steven Bradbury to be general counsel of the Department of Transportation.

The actions added to the list of transportation nominees awaiting confirmation votes by the full Senate.

In the same session, senators advanced two measures aimed at stemming the use of highways and commercial trucks for human trafficking.

One would direct the U.S. transportation secretary to disqualify for life – without possible reinstatement – anyone from operating a commercial motor vehicle who uses a commercial vehicle to commit a felony involving human trafficking.

The other measure would require the USDOT secretary to designate an official in the department to coordinate human trafficking prevention efforts across all modal administrations in the USDOT and with other federal agencies. It would also "expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities."

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