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 CruzTed CruzOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (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 CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record Disconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page MORE (R-Texas), and McSweeny is currently an attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. 

—Updated at 6:51 p.m.