Reaction to Rosenworcel's FCC Nomination Keeps Coming

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

President Barack Obama had renominated her in 2015, but her nomination was never brought to the floor, after a dispute between Republican and Democratic leadership.

"I publicly supported Commissioner Rosenworcel's confirmation last Congress, and I continue to appreciate her service", Thune said a year ago.

Attempts to get Rosenworcel's re-nomination at the end of the last Congress faltered in acrimony between Senate Republicans and Democrats. Rosenworcel also led efforts to modernize the FCC's lifeline program, a program previously used to provide landline and cell service to low-income families, to include broadband.

Rosenworcel voted for those rules and will likely continue the fight against changes to them that Clyburn has been waging.

Sources also had expected Trump to announce Rosenworcel along with a nominee for the FCC's other open slot - a Republican seat - and it had been widely believed that Brendan Carr, the general counsel at the FCC, would win that position.

If confirmed, Rosenworcel would join Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn, whose term ends on June 30. She had the public backing of many congressional Democrats, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who formally recommended her to Trump for the open FCC post.

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"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. The reason Rosenworcel is not now an FCC commissioner is because Republicans in Congress blocked her re-nomination by failing to hold hearings.

Rosenworcel played a significant role during her first term as FCC Commissioner in supporting an update to the E-rate program, which provides support for internet access to schools across America.

The White House announced Trump's intention to nominate Rosenworcel last night, numerous media outlets reported. It is not clear if Clyburn plans to stay on the commission.

Pai would be forced to leave the commission if he is not reconfirmed by the end of the year.

"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 look forward to working together with the administration to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our industry, including finding additional licensed and unlicensed spectrum". "NAB strongly supports her renomination and confirmation".

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