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President Barack Obama embraces Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) President Barack Obama embraces Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx could see his prospects to become the new U.S. transportation secretary improving.

Foxx's nomination is scheduled for a hearing Monday by the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He 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.

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