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Texas Senator Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chair

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Oct 18, 2013, 10:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Texas State Senator Ted Cruz has prevented the Senate from voting to confirm Tom Wheeler as the new chairperson of the Federal Communications Commission. The Senate was prepared to vote on Wheeler's nomination this week, but Cruz wants answers from Wheeler on donor disclosures. "The Senator is holding the nominee until he gets answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler's views on whether the FCC has the authority or intent to implement the requirements of the failed Congressional DISCLOSE Act," said Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton. "Mr. Wheeler had previously declined to give specific answers, but as he's now expressed his readiness to revisit the Senator's questions." Cruz hopes to speak with Wheeler about the issue soon. Wheeler was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the FCC. Cruz, a republican, opposes the President's Obamacare initiative and recently played a role in forcing the U.S. government shutdown, which, among other things, shuttered the FCC. The FCC has been led by commissioner Mignon Clyburn on a temporary basis since May after the departure of former chairperson Julius Genachowski. The FCC needs to install the new chairperson in order to move forward with projects such as spectrum auctions.

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Oct 18, 2013, 9:46 PM

Reuters is not a news organization

Ted Cruz played a role in the government shutdown? Didn't everybody in congress play a role in the government shutdown. Got it Reuters is a leftist organization. I can't believe that Phonescoop would let this political B.S. get on their website. I guess we know which way this site leans.
Just because you happen to label Reuters as not real news and subjectively label them liberal, doesn't make it so. This site doesn't have a political affiliation. It's sad if you really think that to be true. All this site does is report what is going...
Reuters is one of the most respected and oldest news organizations. They are known for upholding journalistic objectivity since their founding in 1851, asking very tough questions that maybe you don't like, but they do it to all sides. Nothing in the ...

Oct 18, 2013, 6:00 PM


I guess I have a different definition of "shutdown" than the "News" Media have...

A 16 day vacation for 17% of the Federal Employees, a "shutdown" does not make. Let's not forget that the costs of closing war memorials and national parks (which are run by private companies in most cases) with armed guards probably cost more than the fat bloated pig of a government actually saved. If we followed the Constitution, we would shut down 83% of the Federal government and get rid of the unnecessary and mostly illegal tumor weighing down the nation. Instead we get a dramatic show of theater and fear mongering from the statist media and government worshippers. What's worse is we still buy all the bull no matter how many times they screw us. We've h...
Screw em all man. All I wanted to do was go fishing. It's not complicated. There's water. Push a boat into it and sit down with a fishing pole. But apparently that process is no longer viable without government hand holding. The realization that we ne...
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