Senate Committee Approves FAA, NASA Nominations
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Senate committee approved today the nominations of Adm. James B. Busey to head the Federal Aviation Administration and Rear Adm. Richard H. Truly to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Both nominations approved by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee now go to the full Senate.
Busey is retiring as commander of U.S. Navy forces in Europe. Truly is a former astronaut and NASA associate administrator for space flight.
Sen. Wendell Ford, D-Ky., said Busey’s nomination is expected to be approved without difficulty in the full Senate by Friday. The FAA has been without a permanent administrator since the resignaton of Allan McArtor in February.
Truly is acting NASA administration. The senators did not discuss his nomination, approving it without objection in a list of other items.
Also approved by the committee were the nominations of James R. Thompson of Alabama as deputy NASA administrator, Thomas Joseph Murrin of Pennsylvania as deputy commerce secretary, Susan Carol Schwab of Maryland as assistant commerce secretary, and Jeffrey Neil Shane and Kate Leader Moore, both of the District of Columbia, to be assistant transportation secretaries.