Sen. Ted Cruz Halts Vote on FCC Chairmanship

Sen. Ted Cruz Halts Vote on FCC Chairmanship

Texas Republican has put a temporary hold on any Senate vote on Tom Wheeler's nomination as FCC chairman

Fresh from a losing fight over Obamacare that shut down much of the U.S. government, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is picking another fight — this time over President Obama's choice of Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission.

Cruz's office on Thursday said that the Republican senator has put a temporary hold on any Senate vote on Wheeler's nomination.

Cruz's office told TheWrap that the senator has continuing concern about whether Wheeler would try to use the FCC to put into effect campaign ad disclosures that Congress has not enacted. Some supporters of the Disclose Act, legislation that would require greater disclosure for the backers of political ads, have urged the FCC to implement some of the legislation's features on its own, even if Congress fails to act.

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During a Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing June 18, Cruz said doing so would be a mistake and called on Wheeler to promise not to take any action. Cruz's office said Thursday that the senator has not yet been satisfied with the answers he has received from Wheeler.

“The senator is holding the nominee until he gets answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler's views on whether the FCC has the authority or intent to implement the requirements of the failed Congressional Disclose Act,” an aide to Cruz told TheWrap Thursday.

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The aide indicated the hold may not last long.

“Mr. Wheeler had previously declined to give specific answers, but as he's now expressed his readiness to revisit the Senator's questions, the Senator hopes to communicate with him soon,” she said.

Wheeler, a venture capitalist who has headed both the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet  Association, was nominated by President Obama to replace Julius Genachowski as FCC chairman. Since Genachowski's departure, Mignon Clyburn has been serving as acting FCC Chairwoman.

  • chuckles

    So, first term Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz doesn't think the American Public should know whose money is backing a candidate for Public Office? Why? What's Sen. Cruz hiding?

  • chuckles

    So, first term Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz doesn't think the American Public should know whose money is backing a candidate for Public Office? Why? What's Sen. Cruz hiding?

  • Centrist Viewer

    I do not understand half of America anymore.. Another clear example of a Republican bragging at their actions to disrupt our government and country. This one on the basis of wanting to ensure that pesky FCC nominee does not go and do something traitorous – like include transparent campaign contribution information for political ads. After all – who would want to deal with realties like Johnson & Johnson implementing false smear campaigns to avoid a 2.3% tax increase on their already gifted $11bn yearly nets off medical device equipment. Much easier to just rile half of America up to believe Obama is the boogeyman Socialist of our day. Sheep will be led. :(

  • Jerry Harmon

    You pathetic shit for brain morons such as chuckles have got to be kidding/ This Obama ass wipe adm. has destroyed this country as no other before it, and you idiots support this bastard, and make a big deal out of campaign money.. YOu are truly and wholly stupid idiot sons of bitches.. I will say that for you .

    • jj

      so brave hiding in the internet, why you not put your real name and address , so everybody know where you are ? is real easy speak s….t here about the president but not show your face

      • Jimmy Weber

        Well jj, I am not ashamed to show my face (unlike you) and show my real name (again unlike you). I won't use the language Jerry uses, but I certainly agree with his sentiment.
        Obama is the worst president in our history. Many others are already saying he will go down in history as even worse than Jimmy Carter. I personally moved past that comparison in Obama's first term.
        If the “mainstream media” were not so strongly supportive of Obama and constantly covering for him the American people would be turning against him in even greater numbers. The press worked so hard to blame Republicans during the shut down that they kept omitting the fact that it was only Obama and Reid who kept refusing to negotiate with Republicans. Republicans tried to negotiate but nobody from the other side of the aisle would show up.
        The shutdown was a political move by the Whitehouse (it was they who refused to negotiate not the Republicans). They remembered that supposedly the shutdown in 1995 benefited Clinton and the Democrats so Obama wanted to try it too since the his poll numbers have been going down.

    • chuckles

      Jerry, you need a better writing crew…one with a Thesaurus perhaps?

      • Jerry Harmon

        lol I can tell you are an undereducated idiot who hasn't the ability to form a standard rate hypothesis, and if you support the ass in dc as you do your blind , ignorant pathetic opinion holds no significance to me..

  • JohnS

    I thought the tea party was just crazy – now I realize they are also the most stupidfuckingpeople on the planet. Forgetting the fact Cruz apparently doesn't want you to know who is buying election results – the fact that he thinks an FCC chairman would go rogue and do this shows a complete lack of knowledge about what the role of FCC Chairman is… what powers he has… and what the overall purpose of the FCC is. Why don't you Tea Party dunces stop rejoicing in your ignorance and pick up a math book, history book, science book, etc. and actually educate yourself to what goes on in the real world. This is just Cruz trying to continue the Nazi Scorched Earth Policy for the shutdown and lash out over his short Cuban peen. He's one step away from acting like his namesake and jumping on a couch to profess his love for Harvey the White Rabbit.

    • Jimmy Weber

      When someone disagrees with Obama on an issue most liberals call them racist.
      Well JohnS, you have demonstrated racism toward Ted Cruz, a Latino. Shame on you for your racism.

      • JohnS

        Facts don't support your assertion. But please – continue covering up Cruz’ stupidity and ignorance of how the FCC works and their main job… ;) Please keep covering up how this is solely a vindictive act on his part.

  • JohnS

    We're going to listen to a man who forced a government shutdown, who said he wasn't walking away without at least a repeal of the medical device tax… and then because of his actions cost our country 24 Billion dollars – which by the way – anyone notice that the medical device tax he tried to overturn was only expected to take in 29 billion over ten years… SO HE WASTED TEN YEARS OF THE EXPECTED MEDICAL DEVICE TAX REVENUE IN 16 DAYS!!! YEAH – THAT'S REALLY RESPONSIBLE AND MATURE!! The Tea Party can yell as loud as they want – but they are now on their way out.

    • Jimmy Weber

      The medical device tax is a tax that will hit people with serious health issues and disabilities especially hard. Most of those people are living on Social Security Disability (national average is about $1,200 a month).

      • JohnS

        Sorry Jimmy – but I deal in facts… not false rhetoric. To wit. next door to me is one of big boy medical device manufacturers… Welch Allyn (they make and sell 90% NINETY PERCENT of all medical diagnostic devices sold in the United States. And they'll make a product for a hundred dollars… sell it for several thousand – and after various subsidies… can make literally tens of thousands of dollars an item. The tax actually only adds a FEW dollars to the cost. So no – your assertion is completely false.

      • Jerry Harmon

        Jimmy Weber you, nor I will ever be able to see idiots who are not interested in facts, and will not acknowledge them no matter how much realistic proof is staring them in the face. I have never in my life on this earth seen so much stupidly running wild as there is with supporters of this muslim son of a b.

    • Jerry Harmon

      What planet you riding around on dipshit?

      • JohnS

        It's called Earth.. in reality… you should put down the crack pipe and join us sometime.

        • Jerry Harmon

          If you are truly a supporter of Obama then there is no way I will ever engage in meaningful discussion nor debate with a blind, obviously stupid idiot who supports a son of a bitch who drives the deficit to ridiculous heights, shuts down veterans memorials, and destroys the country I love and if you do then you are very clearly a fucking idiot so go be stupid and enjoy the ride.

          • JohnS

            That's the problem with stupidfucks like you. I never said I supported Obama. That can be found nowhere in my posts. I defend the fact he was born in Hawaii… and is not a Muslim… but that's only because I deal in facts. But, Obama's killing of Bin laden without Trial… his use of drones… Sorry – Obama should be impeached for those ACTUAL reason. So – the idiot here is you who thinks because someone pioints out the ridiculousness of one thing – it must mean they support the opposite. Go back into your bubble little boy and let the adults talk.

  • G D Bryan

    It is about time someone paid attention to the selection of Obama bureaucrats who
    are worse than nazis during the third reich.

  • Jerry Harmon

    that is my real name you uneducated typical Obama supporting moron, and I cant help that you are an uneducated idiot who hasn't the ability to realize the truth when it bites you in the ass, and I can assure you that I unlike you am not stupid, and I do not post my addy on the internet,, duhhhhhhh !!! I have walked down trails you could not see the entrance to hosea hose b , buckwheat or whatever your stupid ass name is, and if you look at my website you will see where I am touring, and your bad ass is welcome to show up at any show and discuss this further. Ok, nowww bad ass lets see what you are made of.. I do not hide from any low life stupid son of a bitch,, including YOU!!!