Thursday, August 3, 2017
Senate Committee OKs FCC Nominees
During a hearing on Wednesday, members of the Senate Commerce Committee voted to approve the confirmations of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Brendan Carr to the FCC panel of Commissioners. Current Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's reconfirmation to the FCC was also approved by lawmakers.
According to The Hill, the trio's confirmation will proceed to a Senate-wide vote, requiring a simple majority for approval. If it passes, the Commission will be at full quorum, going from two Republicans and one Democrat to three Republicans and two Democrats.
Despite advancing, Democrats contested Pai and Carr's confirmations. Some Democrats, including the ranking member on the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), voted against Pai's renomination.
Democrats voted along party lines against Carr's nomination, saying that while they had no issue with Carr being nominated to his first year-and-a-half term, they did not yet want to agree to approving a second five-year term.
The Commerce Committee's ranking member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) noted Senate leaders of both parties were negotiating a deal for a final vote on the confirmations. According to Nelson, the agreement would only include approval of Carr's first year-and-a-half term.
Posted 4:30:00 AM