Klobuchar takes over antitrust panel

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“Protecting our consumers while promoting innovation and competition is what keeps this country strong,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “During my time in the Senate I have fought tirelessly on behalf of consumers and worked hard to advance innovation to move our economy forward, and that is what I will continue to do as chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee.”

Lee said he looks forward to remaining active on the subcommittee to ensure the antitrust laws are faithfully enforced.

"Antitrust enforcers must not pick winners and losers in the marketplace or interfere with private enterprise where robust market forces are present," Lee said. "But properly limited antitrust enforcement helps competition thrive and can forestall burdensome regulatory structures that impose great costs on our economy and society."

Antitrust regulators are particularly active in the technology industry. In 2011, the Justice Department sued to block AT&T's attempt to buy T-Mobile, and in 2012, the Justice Department required Verizon and a coalition of cable companies to agree to a set of concessions to complete their $3.9 billion deal.

After a yearlong investigation, the FTC earlier this month cleared Google of antitrust charges over favoring its own services in search results.

Also on Thursday, the Judiciary Committee announced that Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenOvernight Tech: Senate panel subpoenaed ex-Yahoo chief | Twitter gives all users 280 characters | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | EU wants tax answers from Apple Week ahead: DHS nominee heads before Senate | Ex-Yahoo chief to testify on hack | Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russia meetings MORE (D-Minn.) will stay on as chairman of the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, with freshman Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Flake on Moore defenders: 'This cannot be who we are' GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan MORE (R-Ariz.) as the top Republican.

Franken is expected to push legislation that would require companies to get a customers' consent before collecting or sharing their mobile location data.

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program MORE (D-Ill.) will remain as chairman of the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Subcommittee, and freshman Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (R-Texas) will serve as the ranking member.