Letter to President Biden on Legislative Waiver Required for FAA Nominee to be Confirmed and Serve

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2023 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446
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U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to immediately withdraw his nominee for administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Phil Washington, because he fails to meet the legal requirements to be confirmed and serve.

Under federal law, the FAA administrator must “have experience in a field directly related to aviation” and “be a civilian,” which Congress has strictly interpreted as excluding retired military members. The letter explains how Mr. Washington, who is a retired member of the Army, does not meet these requirements and why Congress will not pass legislation to grant him a waiver from the law’s “civilian” requirement.

Read the full letter here.

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Tags: Aviation