A Senate panel last Tuesday approved the nomination of Anne Ferro, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Her nomination, approved by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, now moves to the Senate floor for confirmation, though no timetable has been set.

Ferro, who was questioned by the panel last month, had been opposed by several interest groups for her ties to the trucking industry.

Before being nominated, she had headed the Maryland Motor Truck Association. Prior to that, she headed the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

The committee panel also approved Cynthia Quarterman to head the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Both agencies are part of the Department of Transportation.