WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is blocking the confirmation Tom Wheeler, President Obama's choice to head the Federal Communications Commission.
Cruz said he wants to make sure the FCC wouldn't require more funding disclosures for political TV ads, which the senator said should be protected speech, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Cruz just finished a marathon fight against the healthcare law, the debt ceiling and reopening the government.
"Yes, the Senator is holding the nominee until he gets answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler's views on whether the FCC has the authority or intent to implement the requirements of the failed Congressional DISCLOSE Act," Cruz's spokesman Sean Rushton said in a statement.
Cruz's office said Wheeler has "expressed his readiness to revisit the Senator's questions."
When asked about the issue during a June confirmation hearing, Wheeler said he would study the issue.
That could delay issues pending at the FCC, including decisions related to a government auction of television airwaves that likely will be postponed until the full five-member panel is in place, analysts said.
An FCC spokesman declined to comment, the Post said.
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Wednesday was pushing for fast-track approval of several nominees that had been delayed by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which he leads.
"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," Rockefeller said in a statement.