President Donald Trump Nominates Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioner

Jessica Rosenworcel

"This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation a year ago, and should have been sitting on the commission all along". However, Senate Republicans did not bring her nomination up for a vote before the end of Obama's presidency, and Trump initially withdrew her nomination following his inauguration.

If confirmed by the Senate, Rosenworcel would become just the second commissioner to serve nonconsecutive terms on the FCC since the agency was established in 1934. One name being floated for the third Republican seat is Brendan Carr, now acting FCC General Counsel and formerly a staffer in Pai's office.

The White House announced the nomination in a late Tuesday release, months after the outgoing Obama administration renominated Rosenworcel, whose term expired at the end of December, and the Trump administration pulled that nomination in January. "NAB strongly supports her renomination and confirmation".

That's one possible reason for Rosenworcel's nomination, since Trump wouldn't want to tie the agency's hands with a 2-2 majority that would block Republicans from repealing net neutrality rules. "During her first term as commissioner, Jessica proved to be an outstanding public servant who championed policies that enable American consumers to benefit from the tremendous changes taking place in the communications and technology marketplace".

"Commissioner Rosenworcel has distinguished herself as a smart and tireless advocate for consumers on important issues, like public safety and bridging the digital divide", said Charter in a statement.

"CCA shares her commitment to ensuring wireless services for all Americans, especially for consumers in rural and remote areas, and her focus on closing the homework gap will benefit all Americans", he added.

"We congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel on the news that she will be renominated as FCC Commissioner and look forward to welcoming her back to the Commission", NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell says.

Republicans now hold a 2-1 voting edge at the agency under new Chairman Ajit Pai, but Democrat Mignon Clyburn's term is slated to end in a few weeks. It is not clear if Clyburn plans to stay on the commission. "While the Commerce Committee does not yet have the necessary paperwork to act on her nomination, in deciding how to proceed, the committee will be seeking more information about the status of the administration's efforts to nominate a qualified candidate for the remaining vacancy at the FCC".

This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation past year, and should have been sitting on the Commission all along.



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