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Friday, August 2, 2013
Obama To Nominate Republican For FCC Commissioner
President Barack Obama plans to nominate Senate aide Michael
O'Rielly to fill the second Republican seat on the Federal Communications
Commission, the White House said on Thursday, bringing the agency closer to
operating at full capacity, according to Reuters.
The U.S. Senate has yet to confirm Democrat Tom Wheeler as
the FCC's chairman and Senate Republicans have indicated they wanted to wait
for O'Rielly's nomination to pair the two for a confirmation vote after the
chamber returns from an August recess in September.
FCC has been in a holding mode on the most controversial and
critical issues such as planning for the upcoming large auction of airwaves
under Acting Chair Mignon Clyburn.