Texas Senator Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chair
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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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...