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 CruzEx-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis Cruz: GOP will 'look like fools' if ObamaCare isn’t repealed The GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million MORE (R-Texas) has indicated he might block Wheeler's nomination unless he promised not to require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 CornynSenators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan McCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty MORE (R-Texas), and McSweeny is currently an attorney in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. 

—Updated at 6:51 p.m.