Reed Invokes Cloture on Wheeler NominationAttempts to Move to Senate Vote on New FCC Chair; Would Need 60 Votes 10/29/2013 8:18 AM Eastern
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed (D-Nev.) has invoked cloture on the nomnation of Tom Wheeler for FCC chairman in an effort to break it free of the hold that has been imposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).
A hold is a signal from a Senator that he or she would filibuster a nominee floor vote. Invoking cloture, which requires a supermajority of 60 votes to override a filibuster, is necessary to overcome the hold.
There were also reports Monday that Sen. Linsdey Graham (R-S.C.) was threatening to put a hold on all the President's nominees until he gets more info on the Benghazi attacks that killed for Americans including our ambassador to Libya.
Wheeler's vote would pave way for vote on Republican Michael O'Rielly, who won't get floor vote until Wheeler does.
The cloture talk was a topic of conversation at the NYC TV Week and B&C Hall of Fame events in New York Monday, the latter whose guests included current acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn.
Clyburn has been running the FCC since May, when FCC Ccairman Julius Genachowski exited for the private sector, along with Republican Robert McDowell.