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White House Compiling Shortlist of Priority Nominees for 2022

The White House is compiling a shortlist of priority candidates to renominate in 2022, an official in the executive office confirmed Wednesday. The list could include noncontroversial candidates to be sent to the Senate as soon as possible.

It’s unclear whether FCC nominee Gigi Sohn, FTC nominee Alvaro Bedoya or NTIA nominee Alan Davidson will make the list. Sohn faced scrutiny over her involvement with shuttered sports rebroadcaster Locast, for which she was a board member for operator Sports Fans Coalition. Bedoya faced Republican opposition over his Twitter activity before receiving a 14-14 party-line vote before the Senate Commerce Committee. Davidson cleared the committee on a voice vote, with three Republicans asking to be recorded as no.

Offices for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., didn’t immediately comment.