Wheeler hearing date set


Tom WheelerThe Senate Commerce Committee will heat up the griddle and dish up some questions for FCC Chairman nominee Tom Wheeler next week, as announced by Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
The session will be held Tuesday 6/18/13 at 2:30 PM eastern.

Wheeler will fill the seat emptied by the departure of ex-Chairman Julius Genachowski.

There is also an empty Republican seat to fill, that left by Robert McDowell. However, there will be no other candidate making an appearance at the 6/18 session.

RBR-TVBR observation: We’re a little surprised that they haven’t figured out who to nominate for McDowell’s seat, partly because it’s easier for the polarized politicians of today’s Congress to confirm a Democratic and a Republican in tandem.

If this hearing follows the normal pattern, Wheeler will be grilled, but not voted on. That will happen at a second session, and if the Committee gives him thumbs up, its on to the full Senate for final confirmation – as long as one lonely senator with a gripe about any topic under the sun doesn’t put a hold on the nomination as a bargaining chip.

So we don’t know when Wheeler will be confirmed, but we at least the confirmation process is started.