FCC Chair Ajit Pai May Have to Answer for the Net Neutrality Repeal if Dems Take House
FCC Chair Ajit Pai may have reasons to be nervous should Democrats take control of the House after midterms. He would likely be summoned by new Democratic Committee chairs eager to exercise their subpoena powers. Politicoreports that Democrats have demanded quarterly hearings to probe FCC activities, and Republicans said they were on board. However, Pai has avoided the regular visits to Capitol Hill on account of what Republicans describe as scheduling difficulties. Pai’s relationship with Democrats has been strained. In August, Pai’s office described a letter from a Democratic member inquiring about his White House contacts as “yet another absurd partisan attack from House Democrats.” Should Dems get the gavel, first on their list would likely be Pai’s repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality regulations which Democrats have bashed. "We're going to require a lot more transparency than we've had under Republicans for sure," said senior Energy and Commerce Committee member Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY). She said she expects "a lot more inquisitiveness about some of the unilateral decisions that he's made," singling out the net neutrality repeal in particular. Dems will also likely press Pai on the deregulation of the media marketplace. More here.