A group of Democratic senators led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) hoping to land billions of dollars in federal funding for a tunnel project by blocking Department of Transportation nominees until funding was promised were dealt a blow late Monday afternoon when the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Derek Kan as under secretary for transportation policy.
Kan, a former Lyft executive, was nominated by President Trump for the DOT post in April, but Schumer has openly worked to stall the nomination because he has not been promised funding by the administration for the Gateway Program, a tunnel project between New York and New Jersey estimated to cost $29 billion.
Schumer’s efforts were thwarted last Thursday when the Senate, by a margin of 87-9, voted to end debate on Kan’s nomination and scheduled a confirmation vote for Monday.
Schumer was joined by only eight members of his caucus on the losing side of that vote, and by even less on the losing side of Monday’s 90-7 confirmation vote for Kan.
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