By Stephanie K. Mann, J.D.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved Rebecca Kelly Slaughter to serve on the FTC. In his opening remarks during the markup hearing, Committee Chair John Thune (R-Idaho) said that he hopes that the full Senate will confirm her nomination "expeditiously."
President Trump announced on March 26 his intent to nominate Slaughter, a staffer for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), for a seven-year term expiring September 25, 2022. Her nomination was sent to the Senate on April 9, and the Commerce Committee heard from her on April 11.
In her testimony before the committee, Slaughter said, "The issues I have most enjoyed working on here in the Senate—the protection of consumers and the promotion of free and fair markets—are the ones at the heart of the mission of the Federal Trade Commission. Those issues have been important for the American people throughout the century the Commission has been in existence, but perhaps never more so than now. Today, technological innovations in rapidly changing markets pose new and daunting challenges to enforcement in both competition and consumer protection."
Slaughter has worked for Schumer since 2009, advising him on "legal, competition, telecom, privacy, consumer protection, and intellectual property matters," the White House said. She is currently the minority leader’s chief counsel. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, she was an associate in the Washington office of Sidley Austin LLP.
Additional FTC nominations. Slaughter is Trump’s fifth pick for the five-member Commission.In January, the president nominated Joseph Simons, Rohit Chopra, Noah Phillips, and Christine Wilson to the FTC, indicating that he intends to designate Simons as chairman upon his confirmation. Current Commissioner Terrell McSweeny’s announced her resignation effective April 28, and the president has nominated acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausento a seat on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Thus, there will be five new commissioners at the agency once the Senate confirms the nominees. Thune suggested today that full Senate action on the nominees could come as early as next week.
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