U.S. Senate panel set to vote on FCC and FTC auto safety nominees Feb. 2

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WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is due to vote on Feb. 2 on nominees to lead the auto safety agency and to open seats on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), among other positions. , according to a notice seen by Reuters.

The panel is expected to review more than a dozen nominations, including Steven Cliff as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has not had a Senate-confirmed leader since January 2017.

Cliff, a former California Air Resources Board official, served as an NHTSA deputy administrator and oversaw several agency investigations into Tesla (TSLA.O).

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The committee is also expected to vote on Gigi Sohn for the FCC. If confirmed by the Senate, it would give Democrats control of the FCC, which is currently split 2-2. The notice said the candidates to vote could change.

Sohn, a former senior aide to Tom Wheeler who served as FCC chairman under former President Barack Obama, said last year it would take the commission at least a year to reinstate the historic neutrality rules repealed in 2017 under former President Donald Trump. She told senators that she did not favor government regulation of broadband prices.

The committee should consider having Alvaro Bedoya sit on the FTC, according to the notice.

In December, the panel was deadlocked 14-14 over Bedoya’s nomination. After the full Senate failed to accept the nomination by year’s end, Biden reappointed law professor and privacy advocate Bedoya earlier this month.

Bedoya, founding director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, is also a former chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law.

The agency enforces antitrust law and prosecutes allegations of misleading advertising, including scams.

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Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Kim Coghill and Shailesh Kuber

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