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Senate confirms full slate of FTC commissioners

Senate confirms full slate of FTC commissioners
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The Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed all five of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE's nominees to serve on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), bringing the consumer protection agency to full strength for the first time since the start of the new administration.

The FTC will now be chaired by Joseph Simons, a Republican antitrust attorney who led the commission's competition bureau during the George W. Bush administration.

Also confirmed Thursday were two other Republicans — Noah Phillips, an aide to Sen. John CornynJohn CornynO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown MORE (Texas), and Delta Air Lines executive Christine Wilson — plus two Democrats — Rohit Chopra, a consumer advocate and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official, and Rebecca Slaughter, an adviser to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers MORE (D-N.Y.).

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The agency has been operating with just two commissioners for the past 15 months, and the one Democrat at the agency, Terrell McSweeny, was set to step down after Friday.

The new leadership will have to hit the ground running on several pressing issues.

The FTC is currently investigating Facebook's handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal to determine whether the company violated a 2011 consent decree, a probe that could lead to hefty fines.

The agency will also soon be tasked with policing internet service providers as the Federal Communications Commission relinquishes its oversight of the industry with the repeal of that commission's net neutrality rules.