Another one bites the dust: Biden FAA nominee withdraws amid shaky Senate support
Washington, who was nominated to be FAA administrator in July, has faced unanimous opposition from Republicans.
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President Joe Biden's nominee for Federal Aviation Administration head, Denver International Airport CEO Phillip Washington, has withdrawn his name from consideration when it became unclear whether he would have enough support in the Senate.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed Washington's withdrawal late Saturday evening in a tweet. "The partisan attacks and procedural obstruction he has faced are undeserved, but I respect his decision to withdraw and am grateful for his service," he wrote.
Washington, who was nominated to be FAA administrator in July, has faced unanimous opposition from Republicans, who cited his lack of qualifications and how he has been accused of professional retaliation and discrimination in multiple lawsuits.
Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema, a Democrat turned independent, reportedly slashed Democrats' hopes of moving Washington's nomination out of committee and on to the full Senate last week, according to multiple media reports.
It is also unclear whether Montana Democrat John Tester would have voted for Washington.