Sen. Grassley Lifts Hold On FCC Nominations
April 30, 2012 at 4:12 AM (PT)
Sen. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA) has announced that he is lifting the hold he placed on the nominations of JESSICA ROSENWORCEL and AJIT PAI to the FCC.
GRASSLEY put the nominations in limbo while he pressed the Commission for documents on its handling of the LIGHTSQUARED spectrum proposal, which GRASSLEY continues to suggest was subject to preferential treatment by the Commission and WHITE HOUSE. GRASSLEY complained that the Commission would not provide him with documents, with the FCC saying that it only provides those papers to committee chairmen of jurisdiction.
GRASSLEY has been given access to the documents through the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "The documents I’ve seen so far raise more questions than I had before," said GRASSLEY. "However, since there is now a process in place to obtain all of the relevant documents from the FCC, I intend to lift my hold on the two FCC nominees. But my inquiry is not over. I’m told there are 11,000 more pages of documents from the FCC on LIGHTSQUARED that will be forthcoming to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I look forward to receiving access to those documents."