The Senate confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, for another term at the agency on Tuesday as the White House's tech nominees begin to take their spots.
President Joe Biden named Rosenworcel, an advocate for expanding broadband access, officially to take over the agency in October, and her nomination received bipartisan support. However, Biden's other Democratic nominee for the commission, longtime net neutrality supporter Gigi Sohn, is facing Republican skepticism.
GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly personal in their criticism of the White House's tech picks. Until more commissioners are fully confirmed, both the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission will continue to exist in political deadlock, with two Democratic and Republican commissioners each.
Although Rosenworcel and some other nominees, such as Justice Department antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter, have been confirmed, even some Democrats have griped about the slow pace of Biden's choices to implement his tech agenda.