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House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent


Over 30 Democratic congresswomen sent a letter to the Biden administration Monday urging it to appoint acting Federal Communications Commission chair Jessica RosenworcelJessica RosenworcelBiden administration drops lawsuit against California’s net neutrality law Widespread Verizon outage reported on East Coast FCC rejects Huawei appeal of national security threat designation MORE on a permanent basis.

President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he’s working to find votes to confirm Biden’s OMB pick MORE appointed Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to lead the agency as an acting chair in January.

If Biden were to agree, she would be the first woman to serve as permanent chair of the body that regulates communications across most mediums.

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“[Rosenworcel] has spent years raising the important voices and unique needs of women that have been ignored for far too long in technology and telecommunications policy,” the 33 female lawmakers led by Reps. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | YouTube study | Amazon lawsuit | Trump comments YouTube still pushing white supremacist videos: study Hillicon Valley: Ballots go out in Amazon union battle in Alabama | Hackers breach, attempt to poison Florida city’s water supply | Facebook to remove posts with false claims about vaccines MORE (D-Calif.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierLawmakers clash over gun prohibition in Natural Resources Committee room Wexton, Speier call for revamp of clearance process to screen for extremist views Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill MORE (D-Calif.) wrote.

“In her eight years as a Commissioner of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel has elevated the voices and needs of women.”

Rosenworcel headed her first open FCC meeting last week, where she announced the launch of a new task force dedicated to improving broadband mapping and data collection.

She has also pushed for the reinstatement of net neutrality and improved internet access for low income communities in her time as a commissioner that began in 2012.

If Rosenworcel is ultimately nominated to head the commission on a permanent basis, the Biden administration will have an opportunity to pick another commissioner and establish a 3-2 partisan edge since Democrat’s command a razor thin edge in the Senate.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the letter.



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