Republican Senators gave Senator Elizabeth Warren and progressive ideologues running the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) an early Christmas present by failing to confirm three well-qualified nominees to be commissioners.
This unforced error shows that Republicans can be as dysfunctional in the Senate as in the House. As a result, the FTC, which is by law supposed to be bipartisan, continues to operate with three Democrat commissioners and has not had a Republican commissioner since March 31, 2023.
Government works best when agencies are fully staffed. And for Republicans, it is better to have minority representation at the FTC than no representation at all. Most importantly, the American people will get a better functioning agency.
Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler discusses this in the Op-Ed here in The Hill.
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