President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to return to her role as commissioner in the Federal Communications Commission, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Rosenworcel, a Democrat, had served on the commission from 2012 until January of this year, although her term expired in mid-2015. The Senate Commerce Committee let her stay until the end of 2016, although it did not bring to a vote President Barack Obama's renomination of her to the post, Deadline reports.
Trump withdrew her nomination in March. At that time, the five-member commission had two Republicans and one Democrat as members, with two vacancies, one for each party. The president's party gets three out of the five commission seats, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, had recommended Rosenworcel for the Democrat spot, Deadline reported.
"This appointment rights a wrong because she deserved confirmation last year and should have been sitting on the commission all along," said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, a Georgetown University law professor, according to the LA Times.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, welcomed her nomination, according to the LA Times, saying, "She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four and a half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest."
"Hallelujah, better late than never," said Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Senate Commerce Committee ranking member, according to Deadline.
The Senate must confirm her to retake the position. Her nomination is expected to be joined with the renomination of Pei, whose five-year term ends later this year, the LA Times reports.
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