Sen. Ted Budd, R-N.C., is sounding the alarm on President Biden’s arguable nominee to function the following chief of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), caution Phil Washington isn’t certified to steer the federal government’s biggest transportation company.
“[Phil Washington’s] really the wrong nominee for what we need here in the FAA. The number one priority there, it’s safety. And he seems to not understand aviation when he’s up for the position of director of the Federal Aviation Administration. It’s just a complete mismatch. And I was able to call that out yesterday and see that he really doesn’t understand aviation,” Budd argued all through an look on “Mornings with Maria.”
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Washington is recently the CEO of Denver International Airport (DIA). He used to be first nominated through Biden remaining yr, however he didn’t advance amid issues from Republicans about his revel in. His affirmation has been additional stalled through allegations of discriminatory and retaliatory practices through Washington at DIA and his entanglement in a corruption investigation at L.A. Metro.
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Washington used to be up to now CEO of L.A. Metro, which is being investigated after it awarded an expensive contract for a sexual harassment hotline to a charity run through an in depth pal of a L.A. Metro board member. Washington has denied wrongdoing, however Republican lawmakers are calling at the Senate to continue slowly together with his nomination.
Budd isn’t the one lawmaker unnerved through the president’s nomination – Sen. Ted Cruz is backing the North Carolina Republican’s statement that Washington isn’t have compatibility for the location.
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Cruz raised his issues on the Senate Commerce Committee affirmation listening to, Wednesday, the place he cited a necessity for the following FAA administrator to have “decades of experience in aviation,” which Washington lacks.
Host Maria Bartiromo then shifted the point of interest to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has additionally not too long ago confronted heavy complaint in his function. Budd argued that Buttigieg is the use of his platform to advance his political occupation.
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“He needs to focus on the job that he has, not on the job that he wants. We see that he’s clearly using it as a platform for something else. Well, we’ve got real problems. I mean, this man is literally asleep at the switch when we’ve got major catastrophes in East Palestine, Ohio,” he stated Thursday.
“We’ve got near misses, near fatalities on runways as recent as two days ago in Boston. The American people need somebody that’s looking after their safety when it comes to aviation, rail safety and all transportation. Not somebody who’s campaigning for another job,” Budd concluded.
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FOX Business’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this file