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Republicans Obstruct Qualified Nominees at Consumer Protection Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee today, once again, delayed votes to advance critical nominations to key federal consumer protection agencies for a full floor vote in part because of Republican obstruction. The nominees include Alvaro Bedoya to be a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, Mary Boyle to be a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Gigi Sohn to be a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Remington A. Gregg, counsel for civil justice and consumer rights at Public Citizen, released the following statement:

“Senate Republicans are playing politics by holding up critical nominations to federal consumer protection agencies that hamper those agencies’ ability to protect consumers. We urge Senate Republicans to quit playing games with the lives and safety of consumers and allow these highly qualified nominees to take up their roles at their respective agencies. The Senate is charged with the power to advise and consent, not obstruct and delay.”