Biden FAA Pick Withdraws, Lack Of Experience, Senate Democrat Support Cited

"Needed on-the-job training” – GOP Sen. Ted Cruz

  • Denver International Airport CEO Phillip Washington withdrawing his nomination was announced late Saturday night in a tweet by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
  • Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat turned independent, and Montana Democrat Jon Tester, a moderate, reportedly opposed Washington’s nomination, effectively ending his bid to get enough Senate votes to be nominated to the post. However, the senators have declined to say how they would have voted.
  • “The FAA needs a confirmed administrator, and Phil Washington’s transportation & military experience made him an excellent nominee,” Buttigieg tweeted Saturday night. “The partisan attacks and procedural obstruction he has faced are undeserved, but I respect his decision to withdraw and am grateful for his service.”
  • Washington ran transit agencies in Denver and Los Angeles, but his only aviation-related experience is serving as chief executive officer of the Denver airport for less than two years.
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