Sens. Wyden, Markey Remove Holds Blocking Jessica Rosenworcel's Confirmation For Another FCC Term
November 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM (PT)
Two Democratic Senators dropped their holds blocking the confirmation of JESSICA ROSENWORCEL to another term on the FCC, reports the MORNING CONSULT.
The Senators, RON WYDEN (D-OR) and ED MARKEY (D-MA), had put ROSENWORCEL's nomination on hold in the wake of the clearing of the agenda of last week's FCC Open Meeting and Chairman TOM WHEELER's blaming it on letters from Republican Congressional leaders warning against the Commission acting on controversial items before the new administration is in office; WYDEN suggested that the votes were canceled "due to the inaction of one acting commissioner," intimating that ROSENWORCEL was the roadblock, although an FCC official told MORNING CONSULT that the cancellation was WHEELER's "unilateral decision."
A spokesperson for WYDEN, REBECCA STEELE, told MORNING CONSULT that WYDEN "was assured that Commissioner ROSENWORCEL is committed to working toward consensus on all items before the commission this year, including the Mobility Fund, and has lifted his hold on her nomination." MARKEY issued a similar response after initially blocking the confirmation citing her lack of support for the FCC's set-top box proposal and other items.