Trump Renominates Rosenworcel to FCC Commissioner

Trump Renominates Rosenworcel to FCC Commissioner

Blake Casey
June 15, 2017

That could stoke speculation that Trump actually sees Rosenworcel as a replacement for sitting Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, whose term expires at the end of June.

Ordinarily in cases like this the president jointly nominates a Republican and a Democrat to limit partisan bickering during the Senate confirmation process.

Rosenworcel, a Democrat, served as an FCC commissioner until the end of 2016 when lawmakers failed to take up her re-nomination under former President Barack Obama, handing Republicans a 2-1 majority on the five-seat commission.

Industry and congressional officials also expect Trump to nominate Brendan Carr, a Republican who is now general counsel at the FCC and an adviser to Pai, to an open seat.

"NTCA, our membership and myself personally, congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on being renominated to the FCC", added the cable industry's leading lobbying group.

Pai would be forced to leave the commission if he is not reconfirmed by the end of the year.

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In addition to backing net neutrality rules, Rosenworcel has pushed for the expansion of the FCC's Lifeline program, which provides subsidized communications devices and services for low-income users. But a Republican nomination may also be imminent according to Radio World, which recently reported a Trump administration source saying "the White House essentially said that Republican seat was Pai's to recommend". No Republican nominee was announced, but Brendan Carr, the FCC General Counsel and aide to Chairman Ajit Pai, is reportedly the front-runner.

Commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Pai welcomed Rosenworcel back to the FCC Wednesday.

The Trump administration has indicated that it plans to renominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the Federal Communications Commission, after withdrawing her nomination earlier this year. "She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four-and-a-half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest". As such, broadband industry lobbyists and Rosenworcel were generally on opposite sides.

While Rosenworcel was criticized by two Democratic senators for opposing an FCC proposal that would have helped cable customers avoid renting TV set-top boxes, she received plenty of praise from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats. "IIA hopes the Senate will move quickly to confirm Rosenworcel, and we look forward to working with her in the months and years to come".