Trump nominates Schumer aide to FTC

Trump nominates Schumer aide to FTC
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpRand's reversal advances Pompeo New allegations could threaten Trump VA pick: reports President Trump puts on the pageantry for Macron’s visit MORE nominated Rebecca Slaughter, an aide to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCan Mueller be more honest than his colleagues? Throwing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds MORE (D-N.Y.), to serve on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) late Monday.

“Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will make an excellent FTC commissioner and I'm proud to have recommended her to the White House,” Schumer said in a statement. “Throughout her time in public service she has worked tirelessly and effectively. I'm confident that following her confirmation, those qualities will make her a tremendous addition to the Commission.”

Slaughter has served as a legal adviser to Schumer since 2009, focusing on issues such as competition, telecommunications policy and consumer protection.

She is the second Democrat Trump nominated to the commission. If the president’s full slate is confirmed, the FTC would have a 3-2 Republican majority.

Four other nominees put forth by the president have already had confirmation hearings and been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee. If Slaughter and the other four are confirmed by the full Senate, the FTC would be operating at full strength for the first time since Trump took office.

Since January of 2017, the agency has operated with just two commissioners, a Republican and a Democrat.

As the FTC moves back to full strength it will have its hands full policing internet service providers in the absence of net neutrality rules, and investigating companies like Facebook for potential privacy violations.