Senate Commerce Voting on Wheeler Nomination

Part of Busy Agenda for July 30 Executive Session



The Senate Commerce Committee will vote on the nomination of Tom Wheeler for Federal Communications Commission chairman at its executive session on Tuesday.

Wheeler is expected to be approved, but a full Senate vote still awaits the White House's selection of a Republican nominee to fill the seat of former Republican commissioner Robert McDowell.

That vote is part of a lengthy agenda for the session that includes votes on a total of nine nominations, including five to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and markups of the Cybersecurity Act of 2013, which the National Cable and Telecommunications Association supports, and the Violent Content Research Act of 2013, which broadcasters support.

The cybersecurity bill essentially backstops the president's order directing the National Institute of Standards and Technology to oversee a voluntary cybersecurity framework and provides for more cybersecurity education and research.

The violence research bill would require the National Academy of Sciences to direct the Federal Trade Commission, FCC and Department of Health and Human Service to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children and figure out if there is a causal connection between either and real-world violence.