Trump Revokes FCC Commissioner O’Reilly’s Renomination

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President Trump has revoked Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Commissioner Michael O’Reilly’s renomination for another five-year term.  Commissioner O’Reilly was first sworn in as a FCC Commissioner in 2013 and was confirmed for a second term in 2015, which expired on June 30, 2019.  Now that his renomination has been revoked, he will continue to serve as a Commissioner until the end of the current legislative session or the confirmation of his successor, whichever comes first.

President Trump’s action to revoke Commissioner O’Reilly’s renomination has come to the surprise of many, but some speculate that it may be related to his support of the Ligado Networks Order, which some worry will cause interference with GPS systems, and his skepticism regarding President Trump’s Executive Order targeting censorship of large social media companies.

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