On the flip side of the nomination coin, also on Wednesday of this week, Senate Democrats voted 51-50 to advance the nomination of Alvaro Bedoya to serve as a Member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Bedoya nomination was tied up in a deadlocked (14-14) Senate Commerce Committee and needed to be advanced by a vote of the full Senate. The Senate voted 50-50 along party lines with Vice President Harris breaking the tie and advancing the Bedoya nomination out of committee. For formal confirmation and to officially take a seat as a Member of the FTC, Bedoya needs one final vote by the full Senate. Bedoya has taken an interest in the plight of franchisees and strengthening the application of the FTC Franchise Rule. He met last month with the Board of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA).