It is good news that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to send the nomination of Christopher Hart to the full Senate for a final vote to confirm him as the Chairman of the NTSB, to delete the “acting” from his title. While this is positive, the process, even given a dysfunctional Senate, seems glacial in its speed.
Acting Chairman Hart was nominated months ago to replace his predecessor, who left to run the National Safety Council. As noted before, Mr. Hart is incredibly qualified to hold this important safety job. His credentials include exceptional academic degrees and experience within two of the agencies which the Board oversees. There is no question that he is qualified; so this body needs not to deliberate further.
Suffice it to say, it is only appropriate for the Senate to expeditiously provide its advice and consent for Chairman Hart.