Where's The Debate? GOP Split On Big Tech Monopoly

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 26 March 2022 01:15
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Republican leadership has supported industry in opposing bipartisan anti-Big Tech antitrust bills gaining attention in the House, stressing a split among Conservatives regarding Silicon Valley.

The legislative package, which passed the House Judiciary Committee in June, includes six total antitrust bills aimed at reining in tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. It keeps Washington’s most significant and severe endeavor to reshape the technology initiative.

The legislation has the powerful back of Liberal Democrats wary of big business and from Conservative Republicans who see Big Tech as a threat to free speech, especially House antitrust subcommittee ranking member Ken Buck of Colorado.

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In addition to strong opposition from centrist Democrats, it faces the objection of many Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan of Ohio. They oppose the bills because it represents government overreach.

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“The vast majority of House Republicans oppose the far-left Pelosi-Jayapal-Cicilline legislation because it would empower liberal, unaccountable bureaucrats, punish innovation, and do nothing to address the censorship against conservatives,” said a senior House GOP aide aligned with Republican leadership, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, and Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee.

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Another senior House Republican aide objected to the steps and said that only 10-20 of the House GOP’s 210-member caucus support the bipartisan antitrust bills.

Pelosi is expected to meet shortly with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Cicilline to discuss which bills could move forward, a House Democratic leadership aide told the Washington Examiner.

The meeting is expected to address which bills are most likely to have the biggest support in both parties before votes can be whipped to support their passage on the House floor, the aide said.

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Three of the House’s bipartisan bills also have Senate counterparts, which have also advanced out of committee on a bipartisan basis.

The three bills that are expected to be advocated by Pelosi and the Democrats are focused on giving state attorneys general greater control over where antitrust litigation is performed, stopping platforms from unjustly giving priority to their products and services, and forcing Apple and Google to open up their app stores to competitors.

Many influential Republicans have aggressively facilitated antitrust legislation, including Buck, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah, and Rep. Chip Roy of Texas.

House Democrats who back the antitrust legislation claim many Republican supporters.

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