Senate confirms Trump's antitrust pick

Senate confirms Trump's antitrust pick
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The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm President Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division, a vote that comes as the department considers the AT&T-Time Warner merger worth $85.4 billion.

Makan Delrahim, who previously worked in Trump’s White House counsel’s office, was cleared with a 73-21 vote.

Delrahim will be tasked with spearheading the administration’s antitrust agenda at a time when the issue is becoming increasingly prominent. Across the board, industries are facing increased consolidation amid rumors of mega-mergers.

Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly set to announce a merger in the coming weeks that would reduce the number of major national wireless carriers from four to three.

And the AT&T-Time Warner deal has prompted criticism from Democrats who worry that it could stifle competitors and raise prices for consumers.

Delrahim said in a media interview last year, prior to his nomination, that he doesn’t see that merger as a concern for regulators.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren set to announce plan for universal child care: reports Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Booker seeks dialogue about race as he kicks off 2020 campaign MORE (D-Mass.), who has advocated for stiffer antitrust enforcement from regulators, reportedly lifted an anonymous hold on Delrahim’s confirmation last week. According to Reuters, Warren grilled Delrahim in a meeting earlier this month about his positions and about potential White House interference on antitrust cases.