Report: Senate keeps FCC nominees twisting in the wind

Fri, 06/12/2009 - 8:40am
Mike Robuck

The Senate’s goal of approving all four of the commissioner nominees at once for the Federal Communications Commission has put a damper on moving forward on some key FCC initiatives.

A story in The New York Times cited a report by Medley Global Advisors that said the Senate may not act on the nominees until right before the August recess. The report said the Senate doesn’t have a problem with President Obama’s choice of Julius Genachowski to lead the FCC, but the effort to confirm him is moving slowly at this point.

The Senate Commerce Committee cancelled the first confirmation hearing and has rescheduled it for Tuesday.

The nominees for the four open spots are expected to include two Democrats and two Republicans. Current commissioner and Republican Robert McDowell has been re-nominated, while President Obama has also nominated Democrat Mignon Clyburn. The last Republican position could go to Meredith Attwell Baker.

Congress has tasked the FCC with creating a national broadband policy, which is one of the initiatives that could be falling behind while the Senate waits to confirm the nominees, according to The New York Times.

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