The Senate on Thursday confirmed three candidates for two federal transportation boards, breaking a logjam of unconfirmed appointments, some of whom have been standing by more than six months.
Rebecca F. Dye was confirmed for her third term on the Federal Maritime Commission. Mario Cordero was confirmed for another seat on the commission, bringing the panel up to its full complement of five for the first time since November 2006.
The Senate also confirmed Ann D. Begeman to be a member of the Surface Transportation Board.
All told, the Senate approved 18 non-military nominations, clearing a logjam caused by Senate inaction before the 111th Congress adjourned in December. The Senate took no action on more than 100 other nominations that expired in December.
President Obama nominated Dye and Cordero in September 2010, and the Senate Commerce Committee held confirmation hearings in November. This year the committee agreed to waive new hearings. Begeman was nominated in December, and faced the committee in March.
Dye has been a commissioner since November 2002. Before that she was counsel to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Her new term will expire in June 2015.
Cordero is an attorney in Long Beach, and is serving his second term on the Long Beach Harbor Commission. He served as president and vice president of the commission, and led the port's environmental initiatives. An FMC spokesman said they expect he will begin his service in May. His term will expire in June 2014.
Begeman replaces Charles D. Nottingham, who stepped down from the STB in March. She has been the board's Republican staff director for the past two years. Her term will expire in December 2015.
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