Chuck Schumer, who presently serves as the Senate Majority Leader, recently proclaimed his intentions to put forth a bipartisan bill regarding antitrust legislation for Big Tech, optimally being put to a vote by early summer. Schumer is attempting to have the bill passed before members of both legislatures leave for an extended recess over the summer, as reported recently by Axios.
According to Democrat Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, “a natural timeline” influences the passage of bills, as “once the summer break happens, it’s going to be harder to get people focused on big issues.”
“[The bill is] really urgent in my view,” the Democrat added.
The New York Democrat met alongside two other Democrat Senators, including Richard Durbin of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, in order to discuss the latter’s American Innovation and Choice Online Act. This bill, which focuses on giants such as Amazon, Google, and other tech firms, will prevent the companies from preferring their own services and products over those of competitors.
“I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this to a floor vote as soon as possible,” Klobuchar brayed.
The former presidential candidate also declared that the bill represents “the first major bill on technology competition to advance in the Senate since the dawn of the internet.”
Earlier in the year, the bill enjoyed bipartisan support after it emerged from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In addition, another bill, the Open Markets App bill, would bring about a similar effect to the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, albeit with a focus on the app stores offered through Apple and Google.
While the Democrats remain fixated on the product and service offerings of Apple and Google, they remain curiously quiet about Facebook, which has surfaced in the news repeatedly as a source of massive disinformation and disquiet.
Furthermore, whistleblowers for the company have revealed its devastating disregard of minors’ mental health in favor of escalating their margins and significantly advancing the wealth of the company’s co-founder, CEO, and chairman Mark Zuckerberg, who maintains preeminence due to holding hundreds of millions of Class B shares, which are weighted more heavily than ordinary shares.
By passing legislation targeting Class B shares, the Senate could significantly reduce Zuckerberg’s iron grip over the social media giant, given that the Board of Directors has frequently, and unsuccessfully, attempted to vote Zuckerberg out.
However, Schumer fixated instead on products and services, rather than dangerous sources of extreme disinformation and political bias in favor of the left.