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Senate Committee Okays Baker, Clyburn for FCC

Nominees move to the full Senate

The Senate Commerce Committee voted to approve Federal Communications Commission nominees Meredith Baker and Mignon Clyburn, moving the agency a step closer towards having a full complement of commissioners again.

The approval, which was expected, now sends the nominations to the full Senate, which could vote on the nominees yet this week. Several senators said at last week’s nomination hearing they thought Baker and Clyburn’s nominations would be approved.

Clyburn, a Democrat, is a South Carolina utility commissioner and former newspaper publisher. Baker is a Republican who until January led NTIA’s DTV converter-box coupon program.