AOPA Legislative Affairs' sources on Capitol Hill have confirmed that Marion Blakey, President Bush's nominee to head the FAA, could be confirmed this week. Blakey today is visiting with various senators in preparation for the next step in the nomination process, the executive session by the full Senate Commerce Committee. However, committee staff told AOPA that there are ways to expedite the proceedings. Senior staff on the Senate Commerce Committee told AOPA that the Senate is working to confirm Blakey as quickly as possible.
When asked about the rumored "holds" on Blakey's nomination, a Commerce Committee staffer said, "You never know for sure about the holds until you get down to the floor" of the Senate for the final vote.
The Senate aviation subcommittee held a nomination hearing on September 4 for Blakey. The committee has previously confirmed Blakey in her current position as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.