By Brendan Sasso - 07/29/13 04:12 PM EDT
Wheeler kept his views close to the vest and was careful not to offend members of either party at his confirmation hearing in June.
Nominations for bipartisan commissions such as the FCC often move in pairs of one Democrat and one Republican.
The White House has yet to name a Republican nominee for the other open seat on the FCC, although speculation is currently focused on Michael O'Reilly, a telecommunications policy veteran and staffer for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
So even if the Commerce Committee approves Wheeler's nomination on Tuesday, it could be a while before he receives a vote on the Senate floor.