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Biden re-nominates picks for FCC, FTC – The Daily Dot

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                                                                                            <span class="dd-article-leadart-image-credit-segment">                                                                                  <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?516336-1/confirmation-hearing-fcc-commerce-department-nominees">c-span.org (Fair Use)</a>                                                                          </span>                                                                     <span class="dd-article-leadart-image-credit-segment">                                                                                  <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?516047-1/senate-commerce-committee-confirmations-hearing">c-span.org (Fair Use)</a>                                                                          </span>                                                                                                                                             <br>Andrew Wyrich<br>Tech<br>                       Published Jan 4, 2022&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Updated Jan 4, 2022, 12:18 pm CST                        <br>President Joe Biden on Tuesday re-nominated his choices to fill out the <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/tags/fcc/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Federal Communications Commission</a> (FCC) and <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/tags/ftc/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Federal Trade Commission</a> (FTC) and finally give the two agencies Democratic control.  <br>Biden re-upped the nominations of <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/gigi-sohn-fcc-confirmation-hearing/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Gigi Sohn</a> to fill a commissioner seat at the FCC and <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/alvaro-bedoya-ftc-privacy-data-abuses/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Alvaro Bedoya</a> to fill a commissioner seat at the FTC. Both Sohn and Bedoya were nominated by the president to fill the roles last year, but neither of them received a vote in the Senate before the end of the year. <br>Because they did not get a full vote, their nominations technically expired when Congress&#8217;s session ended at the end of the year. Biden needed to re-nominate them to the Senate. <br>While Sohn did not receive a committee vote, Bedoya did. His nomination was deadlocked at 14-14 but was still sent to the full Senate, which did not act. <br>Both Sohn and Bedoya are critical for the agencies to push through their agendas. If confirmed, they would both secure a 3-2 Democratic majority at their respective agencies. <br>For the FCC, that would give them the necessary votes to go through a rulemaking process to restore net neutrality rules. At the FTC, the agency could use the majority to explore a number of things, like privacy rules. <br>In a wide-spanning executive order signed over last summer, the Biden administration has <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/biden-net-neutrality-executive-order/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">urged the FCC</a> to restore net neutrality rules, and likewise <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/biden-ftc-executive-order-big-tech/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">urged the FTC</a> to “establish rules on surveillance and the accumulation of data.”<br>Both Sohn and Bedoya faced opposition from Republicans <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/gigi-sohn-fcc-confirmation-hearing/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">during their confirmation hearings</a>. However, <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/alvaro-bedoya-ftc-privacy-data-abuses/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">both of the nominees</a> have <a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/fcc-net-neutrality-rosenworcel-sohn/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">drawn rave reviews</a> from public interest groups and others. <br>Andrew Wyrich is the deputy tech editor at the Daily Dot. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters &amp; Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).<br>&#8216;We need it now&#8217;: 24,000 people sign petition urging Congress to pass data privacy law<br>Resurfaced comedy sketch has conspiracy theorists convinced Betty White sacrificed virgins<br>&#8216;Please stop buying beverages from Amazon&#8217;: Warehouse worker urges customers to stop buying groceries from Amazon in viral TikTok<br>&#8216;Holidays left us broke&#8217;: Customer tips with $25 Amazon gift card at restaurant, sparking debate<br>Get the Daily Dot in your inbox<br><br><a href="https://www.dailydot.com/debug/biden-fcc-ftc-sohn-bedoya-renomination/">source</a>

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