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Senate OKs Biden’s Pick to Head US Highway Traffic Safety Agency

May 26, 2022, 8:00 PM

The Senate confirms Steven Cliff to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the agency faces a record-high number of traffic deaths.

  • The agency is in its fifth year without a Senate-confirmed administrator, even as NHTSA estimated traffic fatalities last year hit a 16-year high
  • Cliff is a former deputy executive officer at the California Air Resources Board
  • Senate also confirmed Christopher Coes to be an assistant secretary of transportation
  • Biden needed to renominate many of his transportation picks, including Cliff, this year after delays caused nominations to lapse over the Senate’s holiday recess
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