WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration has moved a step closer to Senate confirmation. Michael Whitaker was endorsed Wednesday by a voice vote of the Senate Commerce Committee. Republicans supported the nominee during the committee meeting, indicating that Whitaker appears to have a clear path to final approval by the full Senate. The FAA hasn’t had a Senate confirmed leader since March 2022, even as it has dealt with a surge in close calls among airline jets.
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