Transport Topics Eugene Mulero
January 7, 2021 Lawmakers are working to shift attention from the contentious battle for the White House to legislative issues now that Congress has certified President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, and the outcomes of two Senate runoff elections in Georgia have been settled in Democrats’ favor. Among items on that list are Biden’s multitrillion dollar infrastructure policy agenda, which would be shepherded by his choice to run the Department of Transportation, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Biden and Buttigieg will be working with a narrow Democratic majority in both chambers amid a tense political climate that propelled a violent crowd on Jan. 6 to temporarily overtake the U.S. Capitol while legislators were certifying Biden’s victory. Buttigieg’s predecessor in the role, Elaine Chao, on Jan. 7 announced her resignation from the post in the wake of the deadly clash between protesters and police. In a letter to DOT colleagues, Chao committed to assisting Buttigieg with the transition.
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