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Biden’s Pick for Top Auto Safety Chief Is One Step Closer After Senate Panel Approval

  • NHTSA is in its fourth year without a Senate-confirmed leader
  • Steven Cliff is former deputy at California air regulator
Steven Cliff

Steven Cliff

Photographer: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

President Joe Biden’s pick to run the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration won a key congressional committee’s approval Wednesday, advancing the nominee toward a vote of the full Senate

Steven Cliff has been the agency’s interim chief since January. He is a former deputy executive officer at the California Air Resources Board, which regulates auto emissions in the Golden State. He navigated through a smooth confirmation vote, although Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) voiced opposition during the markup.