Senate Confirms USDOT Budget, FMC Nominees

The U.S. Senate on November 21 confirmed two Trump Administration nominees for transportation posts, by unanimous consent.

  • John Kramer, of Florida, was confirmed to be Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Transportation. This post is served concurrently with the position of Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Budget and Programs, which no longer requires Senate confirmation, but the CFO post still requires Senate approval. Kramer has been serving in that office in an acting capacity for what seems like forever, but the Administration did not get around to sending his official nomination paperwork to the Senate until May 2, 2019.
  • Carl Bentzel, of Maryland, to be a Member of the three-person Federal Maritime Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2024. Bentzel, a former staffer for the Senate Commerce Committee, moved predictably quickly through the process.

This still leaves eight Trump nominees for transportation posts pending on the Senate Executive Calendar, and another three pending in committee. For an updated list of all present and past Trump Administration transportation nominees, click here.

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