Senate Commerce Committee Sets Nomination Hearing for FCC Commissioners

7/12/2017 8:10:00 PM

The committee will consider terms for Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr on July 19.


The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing July 19 to consider the nominations of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, former commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to serve as commissioners at the FCC.

“This hearing will continue to advance our committee’s fulfillment of its constitutional charge to consider nominees appointed by the president for federal office,” said Chairman U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. “The FCC has significant responsibilities over one of the most innovative sectors of our economy and I look forward to asking these qualified nominees about challenges to advancing the public interest.”

President Donald Trump in June announced his intent to nominate Rosenworcel and Carr.

In January, the president selected Pai to serve as the next chairman following Tom Wheeler’s resignation, ACA International previously reported. Pai, whose term expired at the end of June, has served as a top Republican commissioner on the FCC for more than three years.

Rosenworcel left the commission earlier this year after the U.S. Senate failed to confirm her for another term. She became a commissioner in 2012.

If Carr and Rosenworcel are confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the FCC will have a full slate of commissioners and a 3-2 Republican majority.

While Democrat Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s term also ended in June, her nomination for continued service has not been announced. Clyburn could serve until the end of the next Congressional session until she, or her replacement, is nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, NewsBay Media reports.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was sworn into office on Jan. 29, 2015 following his re-nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Carr, Pai and Rosenworcel will testify during the Senate Commerce Committee hearing.

ACA International will continue to follow this story and provide updates in ACA Daily when available.

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