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Obama Nominates Michael P. O’Rielly to FCC

Obama Nominates Michael P. O’Rielly to FCC

President Obama has nominated Michael P. O’Rielly, an advisor to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, to fill a Republican vacancy on the FCC.

O’Rielly’s nomination comes two days after the Senate Commerce Committee approved Tom Wheeler’s nomination as FCC chairman. But Republicans warned that Wheeler would not gain a Senate floor vote until his nomination was paired with a GOP nominee for the agency.

O’Rielly has been policy adviser to Cornyn, and before that, to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona). He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. He also worjed as legislative director for Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) from 2007 to 2009 and as senior legislative assistant from 2003 to 2007. He also had been a staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1998 to 2003, and was a telecommunications policy analyst from 1995 to 1998.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that he would try to hold a hearing soon for the Republican nominee.

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