Senate approves Mineta selection

News January 26, 2001
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There have been some heated discussions about the approval or disapproval of the next U

There have been some heated discussions about the approval or disapproval of the next U.S. Attorney General, but the selection for Secretary of Transportation received the triple-digit reading Wednesday.


The Senate approved Cabinet nominee Norm Mineta by a 100-0 count. Mineta, a Democrat from California, is the only holdover from the Clinton Administration, where he served as commerce secretary. His confirmation before the Senate came just minutes after the Senate Commerce Committee approved his nomination.


Committee members screened Mineta by asking him questions on how he will deal with overcrowding at airports, lack of air serice to smaller markets, modernizing air traffic control systems, reducing highway deaths and tightening fuel consumption standards for sports utility vehicles.


According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Mineta seemed open to the possibility of expanding airport service in the Chicagoland area, whether it be a third runway at O'Hare or a third airport, and promised to tackle capacity and expansion issues quickly.

 


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