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Notice Of Intent To object To Proceeding On May 5, 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of section 512 of Public Law 110-81, I intend to object to proceeding to the nomination of Walter Isaacson, of Louisiana, to be Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, dated May 5, 2010, for the following reasons:

I have had longstanding concerns regarding transparency and effectiveness of our taxpayer-funded international broadcasting agencies under the purview of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. In particular, I am troubled by the operations and management of Voice of America (VOA) given issues raised by the media, Inspector General, and former employees of VOA. Therefore, I have requested to meet with all the prospective nominees to discuss these issues. The Broadcasting Board of Governors performs a vital role regarding oversight and management of our international broadcasting. As the nation faces threats from the Middle East and in fact throughout the world, transparent and effective international broadcasting agencies are critical to ensuring our international broadcasts are in fact fulfilling America's interests in securing peace for ourselves and our allies.

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of section 512 of Public Law 110-81, I intend to object to proceeding to the nomination of Victor Ashe of Tennessee, to be member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, dated May 5, 2010, for the reasons denoted above.

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of section 512 of Public Law 110-81, I intend to object to proceeding to the nomination of Michael Lynton of California, to be member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, dated May 5, 2010, for the reasons denoted above.

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of section 512 of Public Law 110-81, I object to proceeding to the nomination of Susan McCue of Virginia, to be member of casting Board of Governors, dated May 5, 2010, for the reasons denoted above.

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of section 512 of Public Law 110-81, I intend to object to proceeding to the nomination of Dennis Mulhaupt of California, to be member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, dated May 5, 2010, for the reasons denoted above.

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of section 512 of Public Law 110-81, I intend to object to proceeding to the nomination of S. Enders Wimbush of Virginia, to be member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, dated May 5, 2010, for the reasons denoted above.


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