Originally posted on Variety:
Tom Wheeler, nominated to be the next chairman of the FCC, will have to wait a bit longer, as his nomination has been blocked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over an issue that came up during Wheeler’s confirmation hearing.
Cruz placed a hold on the nomination after having pressed Wheeler to say whether the FCC had the authority to implement a long-gestating proposal that would require campaign ad spots to include disclosure of their source of funding. Cruz and other Republicans have opposed the idea that the agency would impose such requirements. Legislation to require such disclosure has so far stalled out in Congress.
“The Senator is holding the nominee until he gets answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler’s views on whether the FCC has the authority or intent to implement the requirements of the failed Congressional DISCLOSE Act,” a spokesman for Cruz said. “Mr. Wheeler had previously declined to give specific answers, but as he’s now expressed his readiness to revisit the Senator’s questions, the Senator hopes to communicate with him soon.”