Senate VOTES – Biden Gets What He Wants
(USNewsBreak.com) – On May 11, Congress confirmed Alvaro M. Bedoya as the new Federal Trade Commissioner for a seven-year term. President Joe Biden nominated him on January 4, 2022, and Democrats seemed pleased with him at the time. However, Bedoya stirred up controversy with some offhand remarks about immigration, which led to Republicans highly opposing his confirmation.
Senate confirms Biden's FTC nominee despite Republican opposition https://t.co/7CGQRnOVO1
— POLITICO Pro (@POLITICOPro) May 11, 2022
Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan said in a statement that she is “excited to begin working with [Bedoya],” calling his experience and skill set a “great asset.” Senator Edward J Markey (D-MA) also commented on the confirmation, saying Bedoya has an impeccable track record that will help him in pursuing the FTC’s goals of “protecting the public from manipulation and privacy invasions online.”
Not everyone felt Bedoya was the right person for the job. The Senate had a tied vote, broken only by Vice President Harris. Republicans were upset over his statements in opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He accused officials of “warrantless searches and face scans.”
If you’re wondering whether strong utilities privacy laws and laws to rein in data brokers could have helped here, the answer to that question is YES.
It is time to call ICE what it is: An out-of-control domestic surveillance agency that peers into all our lives.
— Alvaro Bedoya (@alvarombedoya) February 26, 2021
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told the Daily Caller News Foundation that no member of the GOP on the Commerce Committee supported him because of his partisanship. Cruz said Biden should nominate someone more qualified to hold the position.
The Daily Caller also reported Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Bedoya a “radical partisan” on May 10 during hearings. He even said the nominee was a “poor fit” and accused Democrats of wanting to encourage partisanship within the federal government.
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