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Senate approves Biden nominee to lead FAA on 98-0 vote


Michael Whitaker, nominee to be the next administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill October 4, 2023 in Washington, DC. The FAA has been without a Senate-confirmed administrator for 18 months. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted 98-0 to approve President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Whitaker, as the agency faces questions about near-miss safety incidents and air traffic control staffing issues.

The FAA has been without a permanent head for more than 18 months after a prior nominee withdrew. A senior FAA official said Whitaker, a former deputy FAA administrator, could be on the job as early as Wednesday.



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