LIVE UPDATES: Buttigieg defends Biden ending Keystone XL pipeline

Buttigieg is just one of a number of nominees waiting to be confirmed in the Senate

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg claimed Thursday that President Biden's decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline is part of a broader plan that will end up being a net positive for employment, despite union outrage based on the loss of more than a thousand jobs.

Biden revoked a necessary cross-border permit for the pipeline in an executive order on Wednesday, one of more than a dozen actions he took during his first hours in office. Construction on the project had stopped earlier in the day in anticipation of the move.

Fast Facts

    • Pete Buttigieg was nominated by Biden in December as Transporation secretary and his confirmation process will start Thursday with a Senate panel hearing 
    • He previously served as mayor in South Bend, Indiana, and endorsed Biden before Super Tuesday last year after he dropped out of the presidential race 

Biden nominated his former presidential primary rival to the position in December.

Buttigieg is just one of a number of nominees waiting to be confirmed in the Senate.

On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Avril Haines, Biden's pick for director of national intelligence, in an 84-10 vote.

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