Senate moves to confirm FCC, FTC nominees

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The confirmations would likely come after the Senate votes on a deal to lift the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown on Wednesday night.  

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The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved Wheeler's nomination by a voice vote in July. O'Rielly and McSweeny testified before the panel last month, but the committee hasn't voted on either nomination.

Any senator can block the nominations on the Senate floor — they can only be confirmed with unanimous support.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has indicated he might block Wheeler's nomination unless he promised not to require more disclosure about the groups paying for political advertisements. Cruz's office did not respond to a request to comment Wednesday evening. 

Wheeler is an investor and former lobbyist for the cellphone and cable industries. O'Rielly is a longtime congressional aide who currently works for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and McSweeny is currently an attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. 

—Updated at 6:51 p.m.