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Rockefeller Still Targeting June for Wheeler's FCC Chairman Hearing

Won't Have to be Paired with Republican for Committee Vetting 5/24/2013 11:57 AM Eastern

According to a committee source, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) is targeting June for a nomination hearing for Tom Wheeler as the next FCC chair.

Rockefeller chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, which will have to approve the nomination before it gets a floor vote.

The president has yet to nominate a Republican, and Wheeler almost certainly would not get a full-Senate vote until he was paired with a Republican to replace Rob McDowell. But the committee does not necessarily pair nominees for a committee vote unless, as was the case with Rosenworcel and Pai, they were nominated at about the same time.

"We're not going to wait months for the Republicans," the source said.

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