SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES CARD, FRANKLIN NOMINATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES CARD, FRANKLIN NOMINATIONS

The Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday approved the nominations of Andrew H. Card as secretary of transportation and Barbara Hackman Franklin as secretary of commerce.

Mr. Card's nomination was seconded by a 12-0 vote. Ms. Franklin was cleared by an 11-1 vote. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV cast the dissenting vote as an expression of no confidence in Bush administration trade policy.Both nominations will be forwarded to the full Senate where final confirmation is expected.

Ms. Franklin is president and chief executive officer of Franklin Associates, a management consulting firm that advises clients on the impact of government policies and international trade actions. She founded the company in 1984.

She is a member of the president's advisory committee for trade policy and negotiations as well as the committee's task force for the North American Free Trade Agreement. She succeeds Robert Mosbacher at the Commerce Department.

Mr. Card has been deputy White House chief of staff since President Bush took office in 1989. During the Reagan administration, he served as the president's liaison to governors, mayors, state legislatures and other state and local politicians. He succeeds Samuel K. Skinner as transportation secretary.