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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.

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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 WarrenSchwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration Disney chair says he would consider job in Biden administration if asked Despite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill 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.