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Biden Hasn't 'Withdrawn' Sohn FCC Nomination, Despite Fox News Report: White House

FCC nominee Gigi Sohn's re-selection "has not been withdrawn," despite a Wednesday Fox News report to the contrary, a White House spokesperson told us Thursday. Fox News cited a Senate aide who said the Biden administration pulled Sohn after Senate…

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Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., agreed to GOP requests for a third confirmation hearing. Fox News reported Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is seeking the hearing but misidentified him as still being Commerce ranking member. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is now Commerce ranking member, while Wicker shifted at the start of this Congress to become lead Armed Services Committee Republican. A Commerce spokesperson also denied the report's claims. Cantwell has been eyeing a February hearing date, while panel Republicans are asking her to delay it until March (see 2301260068). Fight for the Future Director Evan Greer and National Digital Inclusion Alliance Communications Director Yvette Scorse want Cantwell and other Democratic leaders to “speak out immediately and make it clear that they will stand strong against” recent reports about Sohn’s role as an Electronic Frontier Foundation board member (see 2301300025) that they see as “weaponized homophobia” against the nominee, who would be the first openly LGBTQ commissioner if confirmed.