Warren, Markey reserve judgement on Scott’s NTSB nomination
By State House News Service | August 2, 2015, 17:08 EST
By Andy Metzger
WATERTOWN, MASS. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have reserved judgement on former MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott’s nomination for the National Transportation Safety Board.
Several months after her mid-winter resignation from the T, President Barack Obama nominated Scott to serve on the independent body that investigates major transportation accidents. The nomination was announced Tuesday.
“I think that that is the decision of the president and this will be something that the Commerce Committee will weigh in on,” Warren told reporters after an event Friday afternoon.
“Her nomination will come before the Commerce Committee and we will give her a full and fair hearing, and I think that the president has made a decision, and I think respect has to be given to the president, but we have to go through the process,” Markey said.
Markey said he hasn’t heard anyone say that the events surrounding her resignation -which occurred amid transit outages caused by major cold and snow – would come up during the nomination process.
Markey said the “totality of her record in public and private life will be the subject of the hearing,” and he said the Obama administration will provide detail about “why it is that they think she’s qualified for this position.”
Warren and Markey came out as unalloyed support for Obama’s recent nomination of Inga Bernstein for the federal bench.
In a statement Warren said she had recommended Bernstein for the vacancy after an advisory committee chaired by former Judge Nancy Gertner recommended Bernstein for the judgeship.
“During her career, Inga has served communities throughout Greater Boston, representing families, teachers and workers. She comes highly recommended from the legal community, and I am certain that she will be a terrific addition to the federal bench,” Warren said.
Markey said Bernstein “will make her an excellent addition to the federal bench.”
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