Here we go again, President Biden is attempting to push another bad leader, Phil Washington, into the position of the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Fortunately, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was ready with some questions that may have torpedoed the nomination.
Biden has tried to get Washington into positions for two years now. He proposed to him for the Transportation Transition team, but that failed because of the issues surrounding his time as the CEO of LA Metro. It seems that the candidate was involved in two federal criminal investigations while running the agency that oversees the region’s trains, subways, and buses.
Then Washington became the CEO of the Denver International Airport, but he had problems there as well with an allegation of discriminatory and retaliatory practices during his tenure.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the ranking member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He called for a further Senate investigation of those allegations before he was considered for the FAA position.
“You’re the first nominee I can recall who is currently entangled in an ongoing public corruption investigation right now while your nomination is pending, Cruz said.
And when the committee began asking him basic questions about aviation, Washington just wasn’t able to answer them.
You’ve got to ask yourself why Biden keeps bringing this guy back for positions. He can’t answer aviation questions because he doesn’t have aviation experience. And then add to that the past issues with the justice system.
I wonder if he did some business with the Biden family in the past.
Cruz can’t figure out why Biden isn’t recommending the acting administrator Bill Nolen. Nolen has over 33 years of experience and a background in aviation safety. Cruz even put out a video that detailed a comparison. When the committee delayed the vote, Cruz responded, “I am glad to hear that the committee is delaying consideration of the nomination of Phil Washington. … I think every member of this committee knows that Mr. Washington is not qualified for the position for which he is nominated.”
Take a look at these posts:
Sen. Ted Cruz to Biden FAA pick Phil Washington: "You're the first nominee I can recall who is currently entangled in an ongoing public corruption investigation right now while your nomination is pending. This investigation involves an alleged pic.twitter.com/DfirGix8Ja…
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 1, 2023
Biden Nominee for FAA Chief Goes 0-for-7 on Aviation Policy Quiz by @SenTedBuddNC
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) March 3, 2023
The differences between Phil Washington and Billy Nolen could not be more striking.
The FAA needs a leader with aviation experience. pic.twitter.com/cpvkvyxgCb
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 21, 2023
Sen. Ted Cruz: "I am glad to hear that the committee is delaying consideration of the nomination of Phil Washington. … I think every member of this committee knows that Mr. Washington is not qualified for the position for which he is nominated." pic.twitter.com/jQYjSmYgdy
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 22, 2023