Adelstein appointment gets Bush’s OK

Solon's FCC confirmation may be stalled in Senate

WASHINGTON — The appointment of Democrat Kenneth Adelstein to the Federal Communications Commission inched forward this week, with President Bush officially signaling his approval of the appointment.

Late Wednesday, Bush forwarded Adelstein’s name to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

But delay in getting Adelstein’s appointment cleared by Capitol Hill is still likely, since lawmakers are engaged in a bitter battle over other nominations. The dispute has meant that even uncontested appointments — such as Adelstein’s — stay stalled.

Adelstein, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), would take the fifth seat at the FCC, joining fellow Dem Michael Copps. The seat has been empty for more than a year, meaning Republicans enjoy a 3-1 majority.

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