The impasse over FCC appointees Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai continues, as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said this week he was no closer to a settlement allowing their confirmation to proceed. The Hill reports that Grassley denied a suggestion by Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) that a settlement was on the way. Rockefeller said that he was optimistic for a resolution while speaking to reporters after a hearing Tuesday about the future of online video.
Grassley has blocked Rosenworcel and Pai's paths to the FCC over an issue involving wireless start-up company Lightsquared. Rockefeller told reporters that his office had sent 13,000 pages of documents to Grassley recently, which would hopefully resolve Grassley's concerns.
However, a spokesperson for Grassley merely told The Hill that the documents had been received, but it was still unclear if their contents included the information the Senator was seeking.
President Barack Obama nominated Rosenworcel and Pai last November, but their official appointment as FCC Commssioners has been in limbo for months thanks to Grassley.