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Bush Nominates Adelstein for New Term

11/16/2004 2:53 AM Eastern

President Bush late Monday announced his intention to nominate Jonathan Adelstein to a new five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission.

Adelstein -- a Democrat who was just days away from leaving the agency -- is expected to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday. He will require Senate confirmation.

Adelstein was written off by many as the first commissioner to exit the FCC, especially after his mentor and former boss, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), lost his re-election bid Nov. 2 to John Thune. But Adelstein had the support of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and several Senate Democrats.

A Senate source said last week that Senate leaders and the White House reached an agreement before the election on a batch of nominees. Bush announced the nominations of 18 people in the same statement Monday.

Republican FCC commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, whose term expired earlier this year, was not included in the White House list.

Adelstein joined the FCC in 2002 to fill an unexpired term, which ended in June 2003. However, he was permitted to stay at the commission until Congress adjourned this year if no one else was confirmed to take his place.

If confirmed, Adelstein’s new term would run until June 30, 2008.

Adelstein, along with fellow FCC Democrat Michael Copps, strongly opposed efforts by FCC chairman Michael Powell on broadcast deregulation. He also opposed new policies designed to remove legacy phone regulations from Baby Bell broadband networks.

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