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2017 Issue Watch

Obama Renominates Former FCC Commissioner

President Obama on Wednesday renominated former FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the agency just weeks after Senate Republicans refused to confirm her to a new five-year term.

“This was the right thing to do,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee. “Hopefully, Senate GOP leaders will finally live up to their promise to confirm her.”

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) said in a statement to The Hill that he was open to confirming Rosenworcel, but believes her nomination should be left to President-elect Donald Trump.

“I publicly supported Commissioner Rosenworcel’s confirmation last Congress, and I continue to appreciate her service," Thune said. "That said, now that we are just days away from Inauguration, I believe the president-elect deserves to be able to nominate the commissioners he wants to serve.

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