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McConnell: A Compromise for the FEC

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McConnell: A Compromise for the FEC

‘This compromise is a blueprint for a fully functioning, bipartisan FEC—a goal we all share—and an end to the bottleneck created by the Democrats' opposition to one well-qualified nominee'

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Tuesday regarding the President's intent to nominate three new members of the Federal Election Commission, reaching a compromise that can lead to a ‘fully functioning, bipartisan FEC':

"This compromise is a blueprint for a fully functioning, bipartisan FEC—a goal we all share—and an end to the bottleneck created by the Democrats' opposition to one well-qualified nominee.

"The White House accommodated Sen. Reid's request for the retention of Commissioner Weintraub and by providing nominees for a full six-member commission.

"Similarly, the Majority Leader's commitment to a 'speedy review' of the outstanding Republican nominees the White House submitted means that we can soon have a quorum at the FEC.

"The Senate should quickly consider these nominees and schedule confirmation votes so that we can avoid any further delay in the FEC's action."

The President intends to nominate:

Cynthia L. Bauerly for the seat currently held by Robert D. Lenhard;

Donald F. McGahn for the seat currently held by David M. Mason;

Caroline C. Hunter for the seat that was held by Michael E. Toner

Ellen Weintraub, at the Majority Leader's request, would remain in her current position at the FEC. The nominations of Steven T. Walther and Hans A. von Spakovsky are currently pending before the Senate.


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