ARLINGTON, Va., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today leaders from American Trucking Associations congratulated Anthony Foxx after the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to confirm him as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
"I'd like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Secretary-to-be Foxx on his confirmation," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "As I said when he was nominated, the challenges of being mayor of a large city like Charlotte are not all that different from those of being a governor, so I'm confident he will be up to the test of providing this country with the first-rate, world-class transportation system our industry and our economy demand."
"ATA is and will continue to be open and eager to assisting Secretary-to-be Foxx as he moves into his new role," said ATA Chairman Mike Card, president of Combined Transport, Central Point, Ore. "As an industry we share his stated goal of having the world's safest, most efficient transportation network. So I offer my congratulations to him and wish him the best as we work to meet those lofty goals."
Prior to his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, several ATA leaders offered their advice to Foxx as he prepared to take over as Secretary. You can see their responses here.
Graves also offered thanks to outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
"While we have not always seen eye-to-eye on the issues, no one can question Ray's passion and the vigor he brought to the job," Graves said. "Ray's zeal to elevate the issue of distracted driving on a national level was one of great importance and our highways are safer because of it."
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SOURCE American Trucking Associations