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President Donald Trump withdrew the nomination of Jessica Rosenworcel for another term on the FCC, drawing questions about how the administration plans to fill the commission’s two vacancies.
Before he left office, President Barack Obama sent several nominations to the Senate, including Rosenworcel’s reappointment as an FCC commissioner. The former commissioner's term expired Dec. 31, and Congress did not confirm the Democrat for another term.
A full commission has four commissioners and the chairman. There are currently two commissioners, Republican Michael O’Rielly and Democrat Mignon Clyburn, with Ajit Pai, a Republican, as chairman. Trump appointed Pai chairman last month.
A Republican and Democrat still need to be named to the FCC. Generally, Senate leadership influences nominees, but how that process will move forward with Trump as president is unclear.
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