Trump Taps Rosenworcel for Return Run at FCC

Violet Tucker
June 15, 2017

Rosenworcel served as commissioner from 2012 to 2016, however, she stepped down after her first term expired. Without Clyburn or some other Democrat, the FCC would not meet its three-member quorum, preventing it from acting on certain policy issues - including, perhaps, net neutrality.

Rosenworcel will likely need to be paired with a nominee for the Republican seat; the administration would not want to create a 2-2 tie, which would be the case unless Clyburn exited. One name being floated for the third Republican seat is Brendan Carr, now acting FCC General Counsel and formerly a staffer in Pai's office. When a president needs to nominate a commissioner from the opposing party, he takes suggestions from the opposing party's leadership. Despite support from both Republicans and Democrats, her reconfirmation was held up in the Senate in part due to then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's reluctance to give Republicans a firm departure date following Trump's election win. A name that has been mentioned as a candidate is Brendan Carr, who is now the FCC's general counsel. President Barack Obama had nominated her for another term shortly before he left office, but her position was not confirmed.

"Sen. [John] Thune is pleased to see Jessica Rosenworcel's nomination moving forward", said a spokesman for the Senate Commerce Committee.

"I publicly supported Commissioner Rosenworcel's confirmation last Congress, and I continue to appreciate her service", Thune said previous year.

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"The Internet Innovation Alliance congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on being nominated by President Trump for a new term as Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission", the group said.

The Competitive Carriers Association, which represents small and rural USA carriers, quicly backed Rosenworcel's nomination. "We share Jessica's passion for promoting policies that close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans, especially students, have access to the many benefits that the internet offers".

This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation a year ago, and should have been sitting on the Commission all along. Trump has already re-nominated Pai for another term, and the Senate is expected to approve the nomination. It is not clear if Clyburn plans to stay on the commission.

[Rosenworcel] 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.

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