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Obama renominates former FCC commissioner

Obama renominates former FCC commissioner
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President Obama on Wednesday renominated former FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the agency just weeks after Senate Republicans refused to confirm her to a new five-year term.

“This was the right thing to do,” said Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Russia threatens to leave International Space Station program over US sanctions Nikki Fried, only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, launches challenge to DeSantis MORE (Fla.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee. “Hopefully, Senate GOP leaders will finally live up to their promise to confirm her.”

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneYellen: Disclosure of tax data to ProPublica a 'very serious situation' Sanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right MORE (R-S.D.) said in a statement to The Hill that he was open to confirming Rosenworcel, but believes her nomination should be left to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE.

“I publicly supported Commissioner Rosenworcel’s confirmation last Congress, and I continue to appreciate her service," Thune said. "That said, now that we are just days away from Inauguration, I believe the president-elect deserves to be able to nominate the commissioners he wants to serve.

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"I am open to the idea of confirming her later this year, as long as we preserve the new Republican majority on the commission in the process.”

Democrats have accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE (R-Ky.) of reneging on a deal to reconfirm Rosenworcel, a Democrat, in exchange for a Republican commissioner being confirmed.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-N.Y.), who is seen as a key player in Rosenworcel gaining confirmation, also praised her renomination.

“Leader Schumer believes Commissioner Rosenworcel did a terrific job at the FCC and deserved to be reconfirmed last Congress," Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, said. "He was pleased to see President Obama renominate her today, and hopes that her nomination can move forward quickly.”

FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler had offered to resign in exchange for Senate approval of his Democratic colleague. That proposal was also rejected and Wheeler later announced that he would be stepping down when the new administration was sworn in.

“I applaud President Obama’s reappointment of Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC, and hope that Congress will act quickly to confirm her nomination,” Wheeler said in a statement Wednesday.

This story was updated at 7:12 p.m.