Transportation Sec Pete Buttigieg facing pressure from Republicans to act as he confronts the first major crisis under his leadership;
“Pete Buttigieg is completely unqualified to serve as Secretary of Transportation. But Biden still picked him,” said Sen. Tom Cotton earlier this week. “Now, Pete is absent during a transportation crisis that is hurting working-class Americans.”
- The Arkansas Republican accused Biden of only picking Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to lead the DOT because he threw his weight behind Biden’s bid for the presidency after unsuccessfully challenging him in the 2020 Democratic primaries.
- Sen. Rick Scott is calling for Buttigieg, along with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, to testify before a Senate committee, a spokeswoman for the Florida Republican told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
- Republicans have lashed the administration and the Department of Transportation for focusing more on passing his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and social spending legislation rather than addressing the supply crisis head-on.
- “There is more that the Department of Transportation can and should be doing to help address ongoing supply chain issues related to the pandemic,” Sen. Cynthia Lummis, a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, said in a statement.