Confirmation of new FCC chairman nominee blocked, for now

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



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

5. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Lol nobody likes the teabaggers.

2. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

He who doeth evil hateth the light.

4. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what man????

6. PaulNotFromSweden

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 16, 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?

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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?

9. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

11. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

12. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

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

10. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012


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