A Senate committee approved Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s nomination for transportation secretary Monday evening.
It now moves to the full Senate, which could happen as soon as Tuesday.
Foxx received praise from both Democrats and Republicans during a Senate confirmation hearing last month.
Senators warned that nation has a backlog of pressing transportation needs and no plan on how to pay for them. The Transportation Department and other federal agencies also are grappling with across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to ratchet up next year.
The 42-year-old mayor won national recognition when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last year. Foxx calls President Barack Obama a friend and was a key surrogate in North Carolina for the president during his re-election bid last fall.