The Senate Commerce Committee
is not expecting any problems approving the nomination of Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Sean Connaughton
to lead the U.S. Maritime Administration
. At a confirmation hearing, Connaughton said he would focus on relieving congestion of the nation's waterways, maritime and port development, national security and environmental protection. Virginia Senators John Warner and George Allen and Congressman Tom Davis spoke in support of Connaughton. Allen said Connaughton, a maritime and environmental lawyer with a Washington firm, was particularly well-qualified for the position. President Bush nominated Connaughton for the post last month. Connaughton previously served as a senior transportation associate for the American Petroleum Institute. He received his bachelor's degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
(Source: Manassas Journal Messenger)