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White House Backs Adelstein

White House Backs Adelstein

President George W. Bush intends to re-nominate Jonathan Adelstein as an FCC commissioner. The Democrat would fill out the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2008.
Adelstein was originally named to the commission to fill out the remainder of Gloria Tristani’s term when she left the agency to run for Congress.
The White House released Adelstein’s name on a list along with 18 other nominations the president intends to make. Adelstein’s term expired a year ago but he could remain until this session of Congress adjourned.
Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee backed an effort earlier this year to attain a recess appointment for Adelstein.
Congress, back this week for a lame-duck session, is expected to approve the nomination. Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for 15 years as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. For seven years, he was a senior legislative aide to now-outgoing Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., advising Sen. Daschle on telecommunications, financial services, transportation and other issues.

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