The Senate Rules and Administration Committee is confirming that it will take up three recent Federal Election Commission nominations, clearing the first major hurdle for the White House-backed plan to put the agency back in business by Memorial Day.
The Rules panel will hold a hearing next Wednesday on the nominations of Democrat Cynthia Bauerly and Republicans Caroline Hunter and Don McGahn.
Under President Bush's proposal to reconstitute the six-member elections regulator, the three new nominees would be combined with sitting Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub and two holdover picks, Republican Hans von Spakovsky and Democrat Steven Walther.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.