White House To Nominate Senate Aide Michael P. O'Rielly For Open FCC G.O.P. Seat
August 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM (PT)
As expected, President OBAMA will nominate MICHAEL P. O'RIELLY, an aide to Sen. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX), to the open Republican seat on the FCC. O'RIELLY would replace ROBERT MCDOWELL, who left the Commission earlier this year. The WHITE HOUSE disclosed the selection of O'RIELLY on THURSDAY (8/1).
The nomination could speed up the confirmation of TOM WHEELER as Chairman of the commission as well, since Republicans in the Senate have indicated that they want to confirm both WHEELER and the Republican nominee at the same time in the FALL. Senate confirmation of WHEELER and O'RIELLY would bring the agency back to full strength from its present three member composition.
CRAIG SILLIMAN, VERIZON SVP, Public Policy, said, "VERIZON congratulates MIKE O'RIELLY on his nomination to serve as commissioner at the FCC. His experience and public service are tremendous assets that will prove invaluable as the commission addresses pressing needs, including the availability of spectrum, the transition to IP-based services and the need to modernize the country's outdated policy framework for communications technology. We look forward to working with Mr. O'RIELLY and the full commission on policies that stimulate innovation and benefit American consumers."