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Confirmation of new FCC chairman nominee blocked, for now

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Confirmation of new FCC chairman nominee blocked, for now
On the heels of the US government budget and shutdown debacle, it appears the disruptions in Congress are far from over as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has held up a vote on confirming Ted Wheeler to head up the FCC.

At issue for Senator Cruz, are unanswered questions as to whether Mr. Wheeler feels the regulatory body has the authority to implement components of the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending Act), a failed piece of legislation that was aimed at certain types of funding toward political campaigns.

The legislation would have also established additional disclosure requirements related to spending or donations that were tied to political causes. Like most laws that get written in Washington, DC, this too is a total tangle and there were exemptions up and down that would have made anyone’s head spin.

How does this relate to the FCC? Well some in Congress believe the FCC has the inherent authority to force the disclosure of the names of individuals that buy political ads on TV. However, since the DISCLOSE Act is not the law, there are plenty that believe this authority has not been extended to the agency by Congress.

As for Mr. Wheeler, his background involves running the National Cable Television Association and CTIA – The Wireless Association (originally the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association). He is also a fundraiser and advisor to President Obama.

It is possible that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could force a vote, but getting past Senator Cruz’s procedural roadblock would take 60 votes which is not a guarantee in a chamber where the democrats only hold a simple majority.

That will probably not be an issue as a spokesman for Senator Cruz, Sean Rushton commented, “Mr. Wheeler had previously declined to give specific answers, but as he's now expressed his readiness to revisit the Senator's questions, the Senator hopes to communicate with him soon.”

In the meantime, the FCC is playing catch-up, since nearly all 1,700 employees of the agency were furloughed during the recent partial government shut-down.  Those folks are busy approving new device licenses for manufacturers which means more gadgets for us.

source: Reuters

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posted on 18 Oct 2013, 10:30 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The US is just in a complete mess. The domino effect is happening once again, one thing after another.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 11:54 2

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5529; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Cruz just can't let it go. He caused $24 Billion in losses to the U.S. economy. Now he wants to remain in the news. Hey Teddy - wait until January, 2014 and you can do the shutdown 'thang all over again.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 13:03 1

5. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


those damn dirty tea party racists man. i almost want Obama to be the bigger person n just step down so that we kan mabey, almost, get shizzle done in the country. hell, "give" them their "country" back..... but no, even THAT wouldnt work sadly. their "leaders" (just really the loudest) are jus too racist n religious in that damn teaparty.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 16:35

8. Shatter (Posts: 1966; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Lol nobody likes the teabaggers.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 11:26 1

2. threed61 (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 May 2011)


He who doeth evil hateth the light.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 12:58

4. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


what man????

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 14:03 1

6. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 51; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Thanks a lot, Texas, for giving us your old governor for 8 years, trying to give us your current one, and making us endure this moron. What did the rest of America ever do to you?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 14:23

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I was wondering which state Cruz hailed from (normally, legislative members get a paranthetical state and party abbreviation next to their name - way to go PA).
Can't we just let Texas secede from the US? And then invade them for being a hostile nation? That's the kinda thing they like, right?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 16:36

9. Immolate (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


What makes you think the rest of the country can take Texas?

Also, you have a problem with a senator blocking the confirmation of a political appointee that refuses to answer his questions?

If Texas does secede, I think I'll move there just to get away from drones like you. Mensch.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 19:24 1

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I apologize for hurting your feelings.
Have a hug. There there, there there... it'll all be okay.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 00:16

12. Immolate (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Awwww. Thanks. A good hugger is hard to find.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 18:55

10. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


"Chairperson"

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