The Washington Times: Klobuchar’s push to retool antitrust bill attacked by big-tech defenders

June 1, 2022

The Washington Times

A bipartisan antitrust bill to crack down on large tech companies is facing new attacks as Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, revises the proposal in hopes of winning broader support needed to ensure a vote on the Senate floor.

Ms. Klobuchar co-sponsored the American Innovation and Choice Online Act with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, to stop dominant platforms from favoring their products and discriminating against alternatives on the platforms’ services. Apple and Google have vigorously argued against such antitrust legislation.

After the unveiling of a new draft bill from Ms. Klobuchar last week and reports that Democratic leadership is taking a fresh look at the proposal, the bill’s critics have their knives out.

Internet Accountability Project founder Mike Davis said he believes the legislation has 60 votes in the Senate, and he said it has a good chance of becoming law in a few months. Mr. Davis formerly worked as a chief counsel to Mr. Grassley.

“The trillion-dollar big tech monopolists, especially Apple and Google, are getting desperate in their attacks,” Mr. Davis said. “They’re hysterically claiming that this legislation will break the internet.”

Mr. Davis said attacks by tech-aligned groups on the legislation are “typical gaslighting and fearmongering from big tech” because they could not win the argument on the substance.

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