WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation, by voice vote, of Geoffrey Starks to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a term through June 2022 and an additional term through December 2023 for FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.
“The agreement to pair and confirm these nominees finally gives us a full FCC to decide important questions about spectrum management, the deployment of broadband to underserved communities, and building next generation wireless networks,” said Thune. “I congratulate Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr on this Senate action allowing them to turn their attention toward work benefiting the public.”
The Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Starks on June 20, 2018. First confirmed to the FCC on August 3, 2017, the Commerce Committee most recently approved Carr’s nomination for a second term on January 18, 2018.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Patrick Fuchs to the Surface Transportation Board (STB):
“I congratulate Patrick on his confirmation to serve on the Surface Transportation Board,” said Thune. “His knowledge and expertise as a member of the Commerce Committee staff has been a vital asset over the past four years. I wish him the best of luck and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Patrick Fuchs currently serves as a senior professional staffer on the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation & Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security and has been with the committee since January 2015, prior to that he was with the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The STB is the independent federal regulatory body responsible for economic oversight of the nation's freight rail system. Run by a five-member bipartisan board serving five-year terms, the STB has regulatory jurisdiction over railroad rates, mergers, service, line acquisitions, new rail-line construction, line abandonment, and other rail issues. The STB was created by Congress in 1996 as the successor to the Interstate Commerce Commission.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation, by voice vote, of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
“The Senate has confirmed a highly respected scientist and academic to help further our nation’s economic competitiveness and national security,” said Thune. “I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Droegemeier and expect his leadership will benefit the scientific community and our nation.
The Commerce Committee approved Dr. Droegemeier’s nomination by voice vote on September 5, 2018.