Biden FAA Nominee Withdraws Himself From Consideration

Biden FAA Nominee Withdrawal Highlights Disconnect With Moderates

( – Another Biden administration nominee removed himself from consideration after learning that Senator Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., was hesitant to vote to confirm his position. Phil Washington, who testified in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on March 1st, 2023, in hopes of getting approval to lead the Federal Aviation Administration, was criticized by lawmakers for being unqualified for the position after not being able to answer several questions related to the FAA during the hearing.

This withdrawal comes shortly after another one of President Biden’s nominees, Gigi Sohn, withdrew her name to lead the Federal Communications Commission after learning of Democrat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s intention to vote against her. She said in a statement that she took her name out of the hat due to “unrelenting, dishonest and cruel attacks” from Republican members of the Senate Commerce Committee. According to Fox News, some Republicans recently cited the opposition of several nominations by Democrats, which they say shows Biden is an “out of touch” president.

Other GOP lawmakers like Senators Ted Budd, R-N.C., and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., are pleased that both candidates withdrew their nominations. Senator Budd is also a pilot and was unimpressed with Phil Washington’s responses to questions about the FAA, but he also expressed his frustration with President Biden allegedly playing political games with his nominations. He believes that the president should nominate people who are qualified for the position he wants them to hold, maintaining that President Biden simply chose the wrong people.

Another controversial nomination from President Biden has finally made some headway, with Dr. Colleen Shogan facing a full Senate vote for her confirmation as archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) after her nomination was finally approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Her nomination was opposed by Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who accused her of lying under oath.

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