Heidi King has been trying to gain confirmation as the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since June 2018, when she was chosen by the administration to lead the agency for the first time. King however, did not gain Senate approval in last year’s Congress and was nominated by the administration for a second time at the start of 2019. Now King has gained the appropriate Senate Committee’s approval by a vote of 14-12 in her favor.
The vote took place earlier this month. The opposition to her nomination was led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
“I’m very concerned, that if confirmed, Ms. King would not only fail to put the brakes on this administration’s rollback of these critical standards, but she will hit the gas heading in the wrong direction,” said Markey.
Currently King serves as NHTSA’s deputy administrator and has years of experience under her belt. In the past she’s served as a regulatory policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, and was previously a chief economist at the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Now that her nomination has been cleared by the Senate, it will go to the Congressional floor for deliberation, no scheduled time for consideration has been set for King yet.