Mar 3, 2022 - Technology

Senate committee advances Biden's picks for FCC and FTC

FCC nominee Gigi Sohn speaks at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing

FCC nominee Gigi Sohn. Photo: Pete Marovich/Pool/Getty Images

The Senate Commerce Committee voted 14-14 along party lines Thursday to move the nominees for the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to the Senate floor.

Why it matters: Both the FCC and FTC lack the Democratic majorities necessary to overcome Republican opposition to more partisan agenda items.

What they're saying: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, said he could not support FCC nominee Gigi Sohn or FTC nominee Alvaro Bedoya for their posts.

  • Wicker said he was troubled by Sohn's recusal related to broadcast issues, and he took issue with Bedoya's "divisive views."

Between the lines: Nominees that receive a tie vote in the committee are still able to receive a full vote on the Senate floor through an extra procedural step.

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