The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Eric Garcetti as Ambassador to India.
That selection noted that Garcetti’s role in co-founding Climate Mayors, a bi-partisan coalition of 470 U.S. mayors dedicated to climate initiatives, was included in their decision to reaffirm him.
Garcetti’s actions to get the Port of Los Angeles running this winter, as well as his role as chairman of the Metro board and his ability to secure the 2028 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles, were all considered.
Nominated by President Joe Biden in July 2021, and the mayor of LA asked questions from the committee in December.
In December, the committee raised key issues related to India, saying Garcetti as ambassador would have to address climate change initiatives, India’s lack of access to electricity, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and “concerns” that India is buying militarily hardware from Russia.
“I expect you to be honest with your Indian counterparts, not only in the areas of cooperation, but also in these differences, all of which are twofold priorities for this committee,” said Senator Bob Menendez. “New Delhi will have to address our concerns if it seeks to further deepen our partnership. Having you in place in India, Mayor Garcetti, will be crucial to fostering the United States’ interest in these issues and many others.”
During the interrogation, Garcetti addressed the allegations of employee harassment from his former adviser Rick Jacobs, saying, “I have never witnessed, nor was it made aware of, the conduct that has been alleged. I would also assure you that if it had that been the case, I would have taken immediate action to stop it. “
The next step for Garcetti would be confirmation by the U.S. Senate by majority vote.