Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has scheduled a vote Oct. 3 on the nomination of Michael O’Rielly to succeed Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell.
He is expected to have no trouble securing that approval, after which he can be paired with FCC chairman nominee Tom Wheeler for a full Senate vote—Wheeler has already been approved by the committee.
Also scheduled for a vote Oct. 3 is Democratic Federal Trade Commission nominee Terrell McSweeny.
The FCC is currently down from five members to three, the fewest it can have. The FTC is at four , also down from five.