The Senate on Thursday confirmed Anna Gomez to serve on the Federal Communications Fee (FCC), ending a stretch the place the company didn’t have a fifth seat crammed that has lasted since President Biden took workplace.
Gomez was confirmed 55-43, with 5 Republicans — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Todd Younger (Ind.) — voting alongside all Democrats and senators who vote or caucus with the social gathering:
The affirmation vote got here after a protracted slog for the fee, which has been caught at a 2-2 impasse of GOP and Democratic commissioners. Gomez’s addition permits Democrats on the fee to advance points with out interference from Republicans.
“Ms. Gomez’s affirmation will fill the fifth and closing spot on the FCC, to allow them to do the essential work of increasing entry to high-speed web, administering packages for inexpensive web entry, and defending customers from junk charges, and far more,” Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) mentioned on the Senate flooring earlier Thursday forward of the vote.
A telecom lawyer, Gomez labored on the FCC and served within the personal sector. She is at the moment a communications coverage adviser on the State Division.
Biden initially nominated Gigi Sohn to fill the fifth spot on the fee in October 2021. However she withdrew from consideration after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced his opposition and just about doomed her nomination.
Sohn was additionally confronted with intense assaults from Republicans over previous feedback and social media posts she made that they mentioned focused conservatives.
“It’s a unhappy day for our nation and our democracy when dominant industries, with help from limitless darkish cash, get to decide on their regulators,” Sohn mentioned in March when she introduced her withdrawal.
Gomez would be the first Latina to serve on the fee in additional than 20 years.
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