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President Obama today nominated one official who may have to shoulder the blame the next time the delays pile up at the airport.
He selected the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina Democrat told Anthony Foxx to service transportation secretary during the president's second term.
Mayor Foxx is the first African American President Obama has nominated for his new cabinet.
This all comes just days after lawmakers reached a deal in staffing cuts for air traffic controllers linked to the spending sequester in DC.
Analysts blame the staffing the -- for painful delays at airports coast to coast last week in some cases passengers had to wait at the gate for several extra hours.
Ed Henry is live force at the White House tonight we'll tell us about mayor Foxx of Charlotte.
We'll -- certainly diversity a factor because the president has faced criticism as you noted.
For not having enough of that in his cabinet that being an important factor for him.
Secondly Charlotte of course hosted the Democratic National Convention back in the summit so that certainly.
Did not hurt his chances but Anthony Foxx also has serious credentials as a mayor who seemed.
First hand how crumbling infrastructure gonna hurt a local economy in the present really highlighted that today.
Since after he took office they've broken ground on new streetcar project that is gonna bring modern electric tram service to the downtown area.
They've expanded the international airport and they're extending the city's light rail system.
All of that has not only helped create new jobs that's -- Charlotte become more attractive to business.
Another important factor is that it appears there's going to be some strong Republican support.
On Capitol Hill bill Shuster who's to house transportation.
Committee chairman said today quote I remain committed.
To building -- -- about how to strengthen our infrastructure promote economic growth and make the nation more competitive in the global market place.
Once he has been confirmed by the senate I look forward to working with mayor Foxx to achieve these goals for our country saying their once he's confirmed suggests they'll be Republican support that's much different than Chuck Hagel and some of the other press some of the other nominees of presidents had.
Who faced a lot of resistance before being confirmed -- did it add more cabinet picks this week you're here.
That's right I'm hearing as early as when stables he picks up for the US trade representative for example Mike Roman who's currently a deputy national security advisor here.
Secondly I'm hearing penny Pritzker.
-- likely to be named the commerce secretary she's somebody who's close to the president from their Chicago days.
Heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune.
What's significant about -- -- on Thursday the president's heading to Mexico and -- -- Rica for a trip would trade will be front and center to some of his advisors are telling me privately he wants to get this new team in place.
Before that -- -- Ed Henry at the White House Ed thanks in the White House.
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