Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are preparing a major push on bills designed to restrain the power of the biggest US tech giants, reports the New York Times
(20 January, Kang, McCabe), as they perceive the window of opportunity closing quickly ahead of the midterm elections later this year. A Senate committee was expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would prohibit Amazon, Apple, Google, and its peers from promoting their own products over those of competitors. Meanwhile, many House lawmakers are pressing a suite of antitrust bills that would make it easier to break up tech giants. And some lawmakers are making last-ditch efforts to pass bills meant to strengthen privacy, protect children online, curb misinformation, restrain targeted advertising, and more. Most of the proposals before Congress are long shots, and other issues are of more concern to Democratic leadership. Still, the next few months are probably the last best chance to pass legislation for a while. After the midterms, there is a risk that Democrats, who support the effort aimed at tech in far greater numbers than Republicans, could lose control of Congress.
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