Table of Contents - August 15, 2017

Rosenworcel, Carr Confirmed To Fill Vacant FCC Seats; Pai, Redl, Delrahim Pending

In a last flurry of activity before lawmakers departed Washington until September, the Senate on Aug. 3 confirmed dozens of President Trump's nominees for various executive branch and independent agency positions, including the nominations of FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to fill the remainder of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's term on the Commission, which expires June 30, 2018, and of former Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the five-year term expiring June 30, 2020.

President Obama had nominated Commissioner Rosenworcel to the additional term, but the Senate never voted on the nomination.



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Senate Passes Six Telecom Bills After Clearing Nomination Logjam

The Senate Aug. 3 passed six telecom bills, including the MOBILE NOW Act (S 19), that had been held up by a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over the Senate's failure to reconfirm Jessica Rosenworcel as an FCC Commissioner before the 114th Congress completed its work in January.

"The Senate's passage of these bipartisan bills brings us a step closer to increasing access to spectrum that powers our 21st century tech economy, improving the quality and reliability of phone calls in rural communities, removing barriers to dialing 911 in emergencies, and cutting inefficiencies in federal bureaucracy," said Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R., S.D.). "I congratulate the sponsors and members of the Commerce Committee who advanced these bills and proved again that the Senate is working for the American people."

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