Nominations, to the Senate Floor; UPDATE: Surface Board Spat!

Along with CPSC nominees Robert Adler and Anne Northup, the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday reported out the nomination of Dennis Hightower to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Here’s the list of approved nominees:

  • Susan L. Kurland, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation.
  • Christopher P. Bertram, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation.
  • Dennis F. Hightower, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
  • Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2012.
  • Patricia D. Cahill, of Missouri, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2014.
  • Daniel R. Elliott, III, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2013.
  • Robert S. Adler, of North Carolina, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2007.
  • Anne M. Northup , of Kentucky, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2004.

UPDATE (8:38 a.m.): Controversy, but for the Surface Transportation Board nominee, Mr. Elliott. From CQ Politics, “Senators to Union: Apologize or Else“:

Two senators say they want an apology from the United Transportation Union for a letter that, in their view, suggests influence-peddling.

If they don’t get their way, they’ll stand in the way of the nomination of a lawyer for that union who President Obama selected to serve on the Surface Transportation Board.

Kay Bailey Hutchison , R-Texas, said Wednesday that although she voted to approve the nomination of Dan Elliott out of committee, she will place a hold on it until the union explains itself….[snip]

The letter from union president Mike Futhey calls Elliott’s selection a “tribute to the political influence” of the union.

Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) called the release “embarrassing, ridiculous, self-aggrandizing PR,” and “totally inappropriate, absolutely inexcusable.”

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