U.S. Senate Confirms New FTC Chair; Possibly Advancing CFPB Director Nomination Process


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Lina Khan was confirmed Tuesday and appointed chair of the FTC.

6/16/2021 10:30

The U.S. Senate is moving forward with confirming President Joe Biden’s nominees to fill regulatory posts, most recently with a 69-28 bipartisan vote to confirm Lina Khan to serve as chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

On Monday, the Senate voted 72-25 to end the debate on Khan’s nomination. She is the youngest commissioner, at 32, to serve on the FTC and as chair, CNBC reports.

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., did not vote to move the nomination forward, according to Monday’s vote record.

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rubio were not on the Senate floor to vote on Khan’s confirmation Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., voted to end debate on Khan’s nomination Monday, but ultimately voted against her confirmation Tuesday, according to the voting record.

Now that Khan is confirmed to serve on the FTC, FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra awaits confirmation for his nomination to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Khan will serve the remainder of former chair Joseph Simons’ seven-year term, which began in September 2017. Simons resigned in January and Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter was named acting chair at that time.

The FTC is made up of five commissioners including the chair, with no more than three coming from the same political party. Khan’s confirmation secures a Democrat majority on the FTC.

On the CFPB front, David Uejio is currently serving as acting director of the bureau. Khan’s confirmation on the FTC is sure to move along the Senate’s process to vote on the confirmation for Chopra as director of the CFPB. If he is confirmed, Chopra will have to resign from the FTC, leaving Biden one more commissioner spot to fill.

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