Senators Press White House on Adelstein’s Behalf

Jul 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said today that all members of the Senate Commerce Committee plan to sign a bipartisan letter of support to the White House endorsing the renomination of Jonathan Adelstein for a Democratic seat at the Federal Communications Commission.

Mr. Adelstein’s term at the agency expired in June last year. He’s still there under a legal loophole. But under the law, if he’s not officially renominated by the White House and reconfirmed by the Senate, he will have to vacate his agency office when Congress adjourns this year.

Mr. Adelstein was formerly an aide for Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. Early last year Sen. Daschle urged the White House to give his prot%E9;g%E9; another go-round at the agency. But at a Senate hearing this morning, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., complained that the White House has refused to move on the request for almost 18 months.

“Unfair, unjust,” said Sen. Dorgan, accusing the White House of arrogance. “My guess is they have probably thwarted that nomination,” he said.

“It just defies imagination as to why [Mr. Adelstein’s renomination] hasn’t been done,” added Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.