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Senate Hearing for FCC Nominees Set for June 16

Genachowski, McDowell so far are slated

The nomination hearing for the presumptive chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, is back on.

The Senate Commerce Committee has slated a nomination hearing for both Genachowski and the only current Republican FCC commissioner, Robert McDowell, for next Tuesday, June 16.

A hearing had been slated for Genachowski in May but it was then quickly postponed with no explanation. In mid-May, Republicans on the Hill were said to be lobbying to delay nomination hearings for Democrats Genachowski and Mignon Clyburn, nominated as a commissioner, until they could get a GOP nominee in the nomination hearing as well.

So far, Clyburn has not been included in the new hearing. A source told Radio World that though the White House has nominated her as a commissioner at the FCC, her paperwork hasn’t yet reached the Senate committee.

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