The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas and Pete Batigiag as the Secretary of Homeland Security and Transport on Tuesday, respectively.

Mayorkas is the first Latina and immigrant to hold this position in American history. Batagiag is the first openly gay man ever confirmed for a cabinet post.

Mayorkas, for his part, is already familiar with the internal work of the Department of Homeland Security. He Served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama administration from 2013 to 2016.

In his new role, the Mayorkas role will oversee the Department of Homeland Security and its efforts to combat terrorism and work to secure the country’s borders. He He will also have a hand in enforcing immigration laws, cyberspace and disaster responses when working with local, state and federal governments.

“His knowledge of the department and ability to walk on the ground will help him start the repair work,” said Alan Bersin, former assistant secretary of the NITI Aayog at the office at DHS.

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Battig will be tasked with rebuilding President Joe Biden’s nation’s infrastructure and advancing the broader agenda of fighting climate change.

Batigiag’s nomination in the full Senate received the final 83–13 vote on Tuesday, after the 39-year-old former mayor, a one-time opponent of South Bend, Indiana and Biden in the Democratic presidential primary in his confirmation hearing last week. .

Lauded by Biden bringing a “new voice” to the administration, Batigig will take over a Department of Transportation with a budget of 55,000 employees and tens of billions of dollars. He In America’s transportation networks, airlines, buses, city metro systems and Amtrak reel have pledged to work to boost consumer confidence and restore consumer confidence in America’s transportation networks to protect against the epidemic of coronavirus virus.

He Supporting the president’s push later this year on a 2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan to oversee strong automotive fuel economy standards and support the president’s push later this year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Hope to help. The plan will focus on rebuilding roads and bridges and expanding zero-emission mass transit, along with promoting electric vehicle infrastructure, including building 500,000 charging stations over the next decade.

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During his hearing, some Republican senators hinted at the battle ahead of the cost and scope of updating the nation’s roads and bridges, railways and airports, a goal promised by Donald Trump but his as president Never completed in four years. Senators specifically questioned the Biden administration’s effort to redirect the money to the Green initiative, but said they look forward to further discussions with Buttig. He Easily approved Senate Commerce Committee on 21–3 vote.

Biden did not indicate how he intended to pay for a comprehensive infrastructure plan, coming on top of a proposed $ 1.9 trillion virus relief plan that met some headwinds in Congress. During his hearing Batigiag went back by his spokesman shortly after suggesting that a gas tax hike might be needed.

“We need to make our economy better than ever and the Department of Transport can play a central role in this,” said Batgiag. He The transportation sector, especially car emissions, is noted to be the largest contributor to global warming in the US.

The Afghanistan war veteran invaded the national scene after portraying early skepticism as a national president in 2019 due to his youth and limited government experience. He Better expectations after zeroing in on the message of generational change, ending the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus in a virtual tie with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But Batgiag struggled to appeal to black voters and dropped out of the race after crushing Biden in the South Carolina primary. Buttigieg quickly decided to support Biden, helping him consolidate the center’s support against Sanders’ strong liberal challenge.

Batigiag now attributes his experience as a mayor and is valued for his “bottom-up” approach to improving transportation. He Described launching a “smart roads” program to make the city of South Bend more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly, while spending hundreds of millions of dollars in economic investment.

He’We will also bring diversity in the Cabinet. There has been no openly gay cabinet secretary before. Under President Donald Trump, Richard Grenell served as Director of National Intelligence and is openly gay, but did not face Senate confirmation as acting director. In the late 1990s, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott blocked a vote on the pick of Luxembourg ambassador Bill Clinton, with James Hormel over his sexual orientation; Clinton eventually installed Hormel with a recess appointment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.