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Obama Commerce, Transportation Picks Advance in Senate

The nominations of Penny Pritzker for Commerce secretary and Anthony Foxx as Transportation secretary advanced to the full U.S. Senate, bypassing the political fights that have stymied other high-level appointments.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted unanimously for Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire, and Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, said Chairman Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat. He said the votes yesterday to advance President Barack Obama’s nominees were “extraordinary,” given disagreements on other selections.