Muckraker: Grist on Politics

There was plenty of confirmation hearing action on Capitol Hill today, but apparently Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), President-elect Obama’s pick to head the Department of Transportation, was not a part of it. He was slated to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee this morning, but a notice posted on the hearing room door announced that the hearing has been postponed to an indefinite later date.

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The New York Times quotes an anonymous Senate aide as saying LaHood’s paperwork had not yet been sent over by the president-elect’s transition staff.

The enviro angle on LaHood, of course, is that he’ll have a role in spending a portion of Obama’s big stimulus bill. Among other things, greens will be pushing for more mass transit funding, not more roads.

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