WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the end of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division’s review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees:

“At the start of its review, I urged the Antitrust Division to be mindful of the harmful effects that abruptly discarding old antitrust consent decrees—like the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees—could have on consumers. Lengthy reviews of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees by this and the prior administration should be enough to conclude that leaving these decrees in place will best serve competition. I urge the Biden Administration to focus future reviews on other highly-concentrated industries to facilitate urgently needed enforcement to protect competition.”

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