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Senate confirms Foxx as new Transportation chief

The United States Senate has unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation.

Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was approved by 100-0 vote. He replaces outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican House member, and will take the reins at a department deeply affected by the federal government spending cuts known as sequestration.

He faced no significant opposition during his confirmation hearing in May.

Foxx, who is African-American, will be one of two black members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

In a statement, Obama lauded the Senate vote. 

"Anthony knows firsthand that investing in our roads, bridges and transit systems is vital to creating good jobs and ensuring American businesses can grow and compete in a 21st century global economy," he said. "I welcome Anthony to my team, and I look forward to working with him as we aim to modernize the infrastructure that powers our economy."

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