Table of Contents - October 15, 2017

Senate Confirms Pai for Another Term Over Democratic Objections

The Senate voted 52-41 Oct. 2 to confirm FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for another term at the agency.

"I am deeply grateful to the U.S. Senate for confirming my nomination to serve a second term at the FCC and to President Trump for submitting that nomination to the Senate," Mr. Pai said in a statement after the vote. "Since January, the Commission has focused on bridging the digital divide, promoting innovation, protecting consumers and public safety, and making the FCC more open and transparent. With today's vote, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance these critical priorities in the time to come."

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Senate Commerce Committee Approves Redl Nomination

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Oct. 4 approved by voice vote the nomination of David J. Redl to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said he would block a floor vote until he reaches a resolution with the Commerce Department on Internet governance.

Mr. Cruz's concerns had stalled committee action on the nomination of Mr. Redl, whose hearing was in June (TR, July 1).

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