WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, released the statement below on President Biden’s Wall Street Journal op-ed urging bipartisan Congressional action to hold Big Tech companies accountable.
“After successfully pushing for more funding for antitrust enforcers in 2022, we must update our laws for the digital age. I’m glad the President continues to support efforts in Congress to pass federal privacy protections, hold social media companies accountable, and restore competition throughout the digital economy. My bipartisan bill with Senator Grassley to put common sense rules of the road in place online was the first digital competition bill since the dawn of the internet to advance in Congress, and we will continue to push to pass this bill into law. We can no longer let Big Tech companies dominate policy decisions, and I’ll keep fighting for common sense reforms.”
In October 2021, Klobuchar and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, bipartisan legislation to restore competition online by establishing common sense rules of the road for dominant digital platforms. The American Innovation and Choice Online Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last year by a bipartisan 16-6 vote, making it the first tech competition bill to advance to the Senate floor since the dawn of the internet.