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With Congress likely to adjourn on Friday, talk is surfacing again about whether John Adelstein will take a seat at the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC appointment for Adelstein, the 39-year-old aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce Committee in July. However, his appointment has become a political hot potato between the two parties.

But that isn't stopping Democrats from pushing the issue. On Oct. 9, Sen. Jean Carnahan (D-Mo.) sent Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) a letter urging him to withdraw objections about Adelstein. "I do not believe the FCC devotes enough attention to the unique challenges facing rural providers, but I am convinced that Mr. Adelstein would be a strong advocate for such carriers," Carnahan wrote.

The Carnahan letter follows other Democrats calling for Adelstein's appointment, including Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who complained about the lack of movement on the appointment at a hearing held earlier this month.

Presently, the FCC has four members, with three Republicans and one Democrat serving at the Portals office.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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