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Foxx Named Transportation Secretary

AnthonyFoxxApril 29, 2013 – President Obama announced that he would nominate Anthony R. Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to be the next transportation secretary, saying his local government experience would help him manage the nation’s roads, bridges and airports. Flanked by Foxx and Ray LaHood, the departing secretary, Obama said Foxx was “one of the best mayors that Charlotte has ever seen.”  The president also used the opportunity to prod Congress to provide billions of dollars for improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He said the administration’s top priority was strengthening the economy and providing more jobs for people. “One of the best ways we can do that is to put more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure,”  Obama said. “There is no such thing as a Democratic or a Republican road, bridge, port, airfield or rail station,” Foxx said. “We must work together, across party lines, to enhance this nation’s infrastructure.”