Following the U.S. government shutdown ending last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) moved to block the confirmation of Tom Wheeler as the new Chairman of the FCC. According to the Washington Post, Cruz said he wants greater assurance from Wheeler that the Commission won't require more funding disclosure for political ads on television.
With the government fully re-opening last week, it was expected that the confirmation of Wheeler, as well as Michael O'Rielly, would move forward at last.
It is expected that the FCC confirmations may not happen until later this month at the earliest. Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) said in a statement last week that the new FCC members should be confirmed sooner than later, saying, "We saw during the shutdown the difficulties experienced by families, businesses and the economy when the obstruction of a reckless few prevails and causes the lapse of important government services. If the government is going to fully function for the American people, we have to get these highly qualified nominees confirmed now."