May 15, 2020 12:30 PM, EDT

Senate Committee to Consider Transportation Nominees May 20

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President Donald Trump’s nominees for senior posts at the U.S. Department of Transportation will be considered by the Senate Commerce Committee on May 20.

The panel’s leadership scheduled a vote on the nomination of Finch Fulton to be an assistant secretary of Transportation, Diana Furchtgott-Roth to also be an assistant secretary of Transportation, and three nominees to Amtrak’s board of directors.

If approved, the nominees advance to the Senate floor, where Republican leaders likely would schedule a vote to confirm.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth


Earlier this year, Fulton told senators that, if confirmed, he would assist with the negotiations on crafting regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicles.

“While keeping safety as the approach — the priority for all of our engagements — we’ve been able to move this throughout the federal government so that all of the tools, assets, research and grant-making dollars that are available, and enforcement authorities that are available throughout the federal government, can be at the hands of all of our stakeholders that care about this,” he said.

Furchtgott-Roth has appeared before the Commerce Committee as well, and her experience includes stints at the Department of Labor and the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.

The committee has jurisdiction over commercial transportation and rail policy.

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