The Senate confirmed Pete Batigy as President Biden’s Secretary of Transportation on Tuesday in Bipartisan fashion, but not entirely without GOP dissent.

Buttigieg was confirmed 87–13, but Republican grumblings focused on Buttigieg’s experience and lack of progressive ideas. Buttig will now be responsible for advancing a comprehensive $ 2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan.

Here are 13 GOP senators who voted against Buttig’s confirmation:

Marsha Blackburn, Tenn.

Bill Cassidy, la.

Tom Cotton, Arch.

Ted Cruz, Texas

Bill Hegarty, Tenn.

Josh Hawley, Mo.

Jim Lankford, Okla.

Roger Marshall, Kan.

Marco Rubio, Fla.

Tim Scott, SC

Rick Scott, Fla.

Richard Shelby, Ala.

Tommy Tuberville, Ala.

Naming the former South Bend, Ind., Mayor, President Biden said that the 39-year-old, Bentig, is reminiscent of his late son, Bue, and of his former 2020 Democratic opponent with “a new voice with new ideas.” Praised as.

A spokesman for Cruz told Granthshala News that the Texas Republican voted against Batigiag because he is in “lockstep” with Biden’s “radical energy policy.”

“As Sen. Cruz told Mr. Battig in his confirmation hearing, this agenda is completely out of line with what the American people want. Mr. Batigiag’s lack of experience on most transportation issues, along with Mr. Is – that’s why Sen. Cruz opposed him. Confirmation, “the spokesman said.


Cruz, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R—Sen and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Last week there were only three who opposed the Batgig, voting outside the Senate Commerce Committee.

Blackburn said on the Senate floor Tuesday that Battig indicated during a committee hearing that he would “put the administration’s environmental goals ahead of some very basic changes in federal policy that lightened the regulatory load on county and city mayors” Will do it and try to stop the transport. ” ”

During his confirmation hearing, Battig left the door open to raise the federal gas tax to repair US collapsed roadways, promising to help new federal automotive fuel economy standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, And defended to bring Keystone back. Permission for the XL pipeline, saying that job losses would be made up by creating new green jobs.

Scott tweeted on Tuesday that he could not support Battig because he was ready to raise the gas tax “to support the government’s useless expenses”.

“It’s no secret that the US needs significant investment in infrastructure projects, especially for our rural roads, bridges and broadband Internet,” said Tubewilly’s new transportation chief in a statement. “I am concerned that Batigiag will prioritize urban areas over the real needs of our rural communities, and his urge to promote ‘green’ initiatives as a whole will drive hard-working Alabama and Americans out of work in the energy sector.” “


Biden had made the reconstruction of American infrastructure in a green fashion a top priority for his administration. Biden’s climate and infrastructure plan focuses on rebuilding roads and bridges and expanding on zero-emission mass transit, along with promoting electric vehicle infrastructure, including building 500,000 charging stations over the next decade.

Batigiag said he wants to work with MPs in a bipartisan manner to initiate new plans to update the country’s roads, bridges, railways and airports.

Before becoming mayor of South Bend at the age of 29, Buttig graduated from Harvard College and Oxford University and was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy.

The incoming chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantell, D-Wash., Said Batigiag had demonstrated a deeper understanding of transportation issues in his hearing.

“As a man who served our country, as a United States Navy reservist, including deployment to Afghanistan, he also served as a Rhodes Scholar, with an impressive understanding of the future of our transportation policies. And showed the major changes they are making. ” he said.

Granthshala News’ Marissa Shultes contributed to this report.