Bloomberg: Big Tech Antitrust Push In Congress Is Blunted By GOP-Led House

January 30, 2023


The new GOP House majority is turning away from last year’s bipartisan efforts to rein in the dominance of the largest tech companies with a change in leadership on a key panel.

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday announced Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie, a rigid libertarian, will serve as the head of the antitrust subcommittee. The appointment was a snub to Colorado Republican Ken Buck, one of the main House GOP critics of big tech companies, who was the panel’s ranking member in the last Congress.

Big-tech critics rebuffed Massie’s appointment to the head of the antitrust subcommittee. Mike Davis, a Republican who runs the Internet Accountability Group, an anti-big tech organization, and previously worked for Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, said the move was “truly shameful.”

“Big tech has spent a ton of money in Washington DC and other places,” Buck said in an interview Friday. “The money has had the impact they intended. It has stifled the willingness to go after big tech with antitrust laws.”

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