FAA chief's confirmation hearing not yet cleared for another take off

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has not yet rescheduled a confirmation hearing for Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta.

Huerta was testifying before the panel last week, but the hearing had to be to be paused because senators needed to cast ballots in a series of votes on a farm bill.

Aides to the committee told The Hill on Monday that the meeting would be rescheduled, but said that a date has not yet been set as Congress focuses on a looming deadline to pass a new highway bill.

The Senate is vetting Huerta, who has been leading the FAA since last December, for a five-year term at the helm of the national aviation agency. Huerta became interim FAA Administrator when President Obama's first aviation chief, Randy Babbitt, resigned after he was arrested for drunk driving.

The charges against Babbitt were later dropped, but Huerta was nominated to to lead the FAA full time in March.