Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Trump Nominates Democrat to Return to FCC Post

Trump Nominates Democrat to Return to FCC Post

She languished without a vote from the Republican-majority Senate for more than a year after her May 2015 renomination by President Barack Obama.

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

Rosenworcel, a Democrat, was re-nominated by Obama in January of 2017 to serve another term, after Senate lawmakers failed to extend her term before Congress adjourned at the end of past year.

The National Association of Broadcasters also voiced its support for Rosenworcel's return to the Commission on Wednesday.

Industry and congressional officials also expect Trump to nominate Brendan Carr, a Republican who is now general counsel at the FCC and an adviser to Pai, to an open seat.

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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.

In addition to backing net neutrality rules, Rosenworcel has pushed for the expansion of the FCC's Lifeline program, which provides subsidized communications devices and services for low-income users. Her nomination is expected to be joined up with the renomination of Pei, whose five-year term ends later this year, the LA Times reports. If confirmed, Rosenworcel would fill the vacancy created when former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stepped down from the commission at the beginning of Trump's presidential term. Her renomination to the FCC reinforces that President Trump, an active user of anytime/anywhere connectivity, understands the importance of USA leadership in the digital economy and setting a market-driven, pro-innovation approach on communications and tech policy issues. It is not clear if Clyburn plans to stay on the commission.

"NTCA, our membership and myself personally, congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on being renominated to the FCC", added the cable industry's leading lobbying group. "I look forward to working with her in the fight for an open Internet, affordable broadband and strong consumer privacy protections". In that event, the Clyburn seat could be paired with the new Republican and Rosenworcel paired with Pai, whose term also ends in June.

"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.

Pai congratulated Rosenworcel, saying, "I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest". News of her renomination was met with the customary congrats.

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