US FTC nomination stalled in US Senate over fuel issues

The White House's choice to head the US Federal Trade Commission remained stalled earlier this month over concerns by some Senate Democrats that the administration is not doing what it can to prevent high retail fuel prices.US Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) May 19 placed a "hold" on the nomination of Deborah Majoras, a former US Department of Justice antitrust official, to chair FTC. Wyden has sharply criticized the agency over the past decade for not taking steps to control what he views as monopolistic practices by fuel marketers."In this administration [of President George W. Bush] and in the [Bill] Clinton administration, Federal Trade Commission political appointees have sat on their ha...

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