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Michael Huerta FAA Leadership Nomination to Move Forward

Michael Huerta

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has lifted his hold on the nomination of Michael Huerta to head the Federal Aviation Administration, the Washington Post reports.

Huerta has served as acting chief since December 2011 and was nominated by President Barack Obama in March to lead the agency on a permanent basis.

According to Emily Heil’s report, a Senate panel approved Huerta’s nomination in July but DeMint put a hold on Huerta’s confirmation pending the results of the recent president election.

Heil reports that Huerta could receive confirmation from the full Senate by the end of the session, citing a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Reid wants to add the nomination to a package for clearance by the full chamber, the report said.

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