Federal Trade Commission Will Be Back at Full Strength

The Federal Trade Commission will be operating at full capacity soon. The Trump administration recently nominated Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, a top aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to fill the fifth commissioner slot.

The commission has been operating at half-strength for more than a year. At full strength, the FTC has five presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed commissioners.

Right now, the FTC has only two sitting members, acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen (R) and Democratic Commissioner Terrell McSweeny. Up until Slaughter’s nomination on March 26, the administration had only nominated four new FTC commissioners.

Both Ohlhausen and McSweeny are expected to leave when the nominees are confirmed by the full Senate.

Ohlhausen has been nominated to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Claims.

In addition to Slaughter, the current slate of nominees is made up of Joseph Simons (R), who’s tapped for the chairmanship, Rohit Chopra (D), Noah Phillips (R), and Christine Wilson (R). The nominees indicated they would continue an active enforcement policy in the health-care arena.

The previous nominations were approved by the committee Feb. 28 and are still awaiting a Senate floor vote.

The Senate Commerce Committee will consider Slaughter’s nomination once the White House sends it over.

Slaughter has worked for Schumer since 2009. Before that, she was a lawyer in Sidley Austin LLP’s Washington office.

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