The Senate late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler to be the next FCC chairman. It also unanimously confirmed Michael O’Rielly, a staffer for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), as one of the two Republican commissioners on the five-member panel. He will fill the vacant seat left by Republican FCC commissioner Robert McDowell.
The confirmation vote was delayed for two weeks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who had placed a hold on Wheeler’s nomination over concerns with answers Wheeler had given on whether the FCC will require more disclosures from the sponsors of political advertisements.
According to The Hill, Cruz lifted the hold after Wheeler told him during a private meeting Tuesday that stricter disclosure requirements for the donors behind political TV ads are “not a priority” for him.
The commission has been led since this spring by Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic commissioner, following the resignation of former Chairman Julius Genachowski.