House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent

House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent
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More than 30 Democratic congresswomen sent a letter to the Biden administration Monday urging it to appoint acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica RosenworcelJessica Rosenworcel50 groups urge Biden to fill FCC opening to reinstate net neutrality rules Top Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles Biden needs to counter Russia and China to secure our digital future MORE on a permanent basis.

President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE appointed Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to lead the agency in an acting capacity in January.

If Biden were to agree, she would be the first woman to serve as permanent chair of the body that regulates communications across most mediums.


“[Rosenworcel] has spent years raising the important voices and unique needs of women that have been ignored for far too long in technology and telecommunications policy,” the 33 female lawmakers led by Reps. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooTime for Congress to make a down payment to prevent future pandemic tragedies Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition Eshoo urges Pelosi to amend infrastructure bill's 'problematic' crypto regulation language MORE (D-Calif.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierJimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, longest-married presidential couple Military braces for sea change on justice reform House panel plans mid-July consideration of military justice overhaul MORE (D-Calif.) wrote.

“In her eight years as a Commissioner of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel has elevated the voices and needs of women.”

Rosenworcel headed her first open FCC meeting last week, when she announced the launch of a new task force dedicated to improving broadband mapping and data collection.

She has also pushed for the reinstatement of net neutrality and improved internet access for low-income communities in her time as a commissioner that began in 2012.

If Rosenworcel is ultimately nominated to head the commission on a permanent basis, the Biden administration will have an opportunity to pick another commissioner and establish a 3-2 partisan edge since Democrats command a razor-thin majority in the Senate.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the letter.