Senate Commerce Approves Rosenworcel Renomination to FCC

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By Lydia Beyoud

Dec. 9 — The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the nomination of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to a second term on the Federal Communications Commission by voice vote on Dec. 9.

A committee spokesman told Bloomberg BNA he had no information about when the full Senate might take up Rosenworcel's nomination.

Rosenworcel's first five-year term expired at the end of June. President Barack Obama nominated Rosenworcel for a second term on May 22. Rosenworcel can remain on the commission through Dec. 31, 2016, while awaiting confirmation by the full Senate.

At an Oct. 28 committee confirmation hearing, Rosenworcel backed spectrum access, particularly for unlicensed users, as a key policy she would pursue during a second term at the FCC .

GOP commissioner Michael O'Rielly issued a statement Dec. 9 praising the committee action.

“While she is certainly a fierce advocate for her positions, we have been able to find common ground and work together on a number of issues, and I deeply respect her views, even when I occasionally disagree,” O'Rielly said in the statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with my friend in the future.”

Auction Deposits Bill

The committee also approved, by voice vote and without amendment, a bill (S. 2319) to require any deposits by spectrum auction bidders to be sent directly to the U.S. Treasury, rather than to interest-bearing accounts.

The measure was introduced Nov. 19 by committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.).

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