Senate Committee Confirms Adelstein Nomination


The Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday unanimously approved the nomination of
Jonathan Adelstein to serve on the Federal Communications Commission.

The voice vote -- which took place in a private 'executive session' just off
the Senate floor -- clears the way for the full Senate to consider the
nomination of Adelstein, a 39-year-old aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom
Daschle (D-S.D.).

Adelstein -- whose nomination was held up for months as senators squabbled
over President Bush's judicial nominations -- enjoyed 'strong, bipartisan
support from committee members,' said Andy Davis, a spokesman for Senate
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings

Daschle will decide when to bring Adelstein's nomination to the Senate floor
for a vote.

He is expected to be confirmed by a wide margin, although Sen. John McCain
(R-Ariz.) has threatened to delay the process until Bush nominates a McCain ally
to the Federal Election Commission.

If the Senate confirms Adelstein, he would become the fifth commissioner and
the second Democrat on the FCC. The agency currently is comprised of three
Republicans, including chairman Michael Powell, and a lone Democrat, Michael J.

Adelstein has been nominated to fill the vacancy created last September when
Gloria Tristani left the agency to run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from
her home state of New Mexico.

Tristani joined the commission in November 1997, and her term was set to
expire June 30, 2003. Adelstein would serve for the remainder of Tristani's

Unless the president nominates someone else to replace Adelstein when the
term expires, he will be allowed to continue serving until Congress adjourns in
late 2004.

FCC spokesman David Fiske said Adelstein is likely to be sworn in at the
commission within days of his Senate confirmation.

During a Senate subcommittee hearing earlier this month regarding his
nomination, Adelstein remained tight-lipped about his views on most specific
issues facing the FCC.

Nonetheless, his pledges to promote competition and restore investor
confidence in the beleaguered telecommunications industry elicited bipartisan
praise from lawmakers on the committee.

States News Service