My Position on Antitrust & Big Tech
For far too long, Big Tech has consistently restricted the choices of consumers in Utah and across the nation by unfairly hindering free-market competition. There is a strong, bipartisan push to update our nation’s antitrust laws, and I’m pleased to report that lawmakers are gaining significant traction to take on Big Tech’s anti-competitive, monopoly behaviors.
I’m a proud member of the Freedom From Big Tech Caucus, led by my good friend Rep. Ken Buck, and our mission is simple: Reform antitrust laws, end censorship, protect children, crackdown on China, support competition, and strengthen privacy rights.
It’s past time for Congress to help states reclaim their right to enforce federal antitrust laws against Big Tech and their growing unchecked power. That’s why, at the federal level, I have:
- Led the Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act, legislation to promote competition online by lowering barriers to entry and switching costs for businesses and consumers through interoperability and data portability requirements. Our bill passed the House Judiciary Committee with overwhelming, bipartisan support last Fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing it come to the House Floor for a vote.
- Co-sponsored the Foreign Merger Subsidy Disclosure Act of 2021 to require merging companies operating in the United States to disclose information about any financial support or subsidies provided by a foreign government to U.S. antitrust regulators, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division.
- Co-sponsored the Ending Platform Monopolies Act, legislation that eliminates the conflicts of interest that arise from a dominant platform’s ownership and reach across multiple business lines. This monopolistic behavior allows a company to leverage its control to disadvantage competitors while hurting small businesses, consumers, and American innovation.
- Co-sponsored the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021, legislation that would ensure state attorneys general are able to remain in the court they select rather than having their cases moved to a court the defendant prefers. This bipartisan bill will eliminate many of the inefficiencies and obstacles the states face in enforcing the federal antitrust laws, resulting in quicker resolution for the citizens of those states.
- Co-sponsored the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, bipartisan legislation to protect children from sexual violence and threats to their online safety by limiting the liability protections of online service providers concerning claims alleging violations of child sexual exploitation laws.
- Co-sponsored the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation that establishes a four-year safe harbor from antitrust restrictions that allow news publishers — big and small — to band together and negotiate with players in Big Tech. You can read more of my thoughts on this bipartisan legislation in my Deseret News op-ed here.
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