The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will soon schedule an early September vote on two Federal Election Commission nominees, two sources close to the nomination process tell the Center for Public Integrity. Such a vote means the full Senate could consider — and potentially approve — the nominations of Republican Lee E. Goodman, an attorney at law firm LeClairRyan, and Democrat Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, within weeks. As of Friday evening, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, of which Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is chairman, had not published an official notice of the vote.
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee conducted a largely uneventful confirmation hearing for Ravel and Goodman in July.
At the time, committee members offered no indications that they’d oppose either nominee, with some even posing for photos with Goodman and Ravel after the hearing’s conclusion.
President Barack Obama nominated the pair on June 21, marking the first time in four years that he had sought to appoint someone to the FEC.