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Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan

Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan
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The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday advanced President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE’s nominee to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Lina KhanLina KhanBig Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan Biden to nominate antitrust scholar Lina Khan as FTC commissioner MORE

Four Republicans voted against pushing forward her nomination, signaling further indication of bipartisan support for revamping antitrust laws and enforcement. 

Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Pentagon report clears use of drones made by top Chinese manufacturer MORE (R-Tenn.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE (R-Utah), Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisThe rule allowing predatory loans from fake lenders must go now Rick Scott introduces bill banning 'vaccine passports' for domestic flights Hillicon Valley: Amazon facing lawsuits alleging racial, gender bias | Senate Commerce panel advances Biden's top science nominee | Colonial Pipeline CEO to testify on Capitol Hill in June MORE (R-Wyo.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) voted against advancing Khan. 

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Other Republicans have joined Democrats in touting Khan’s work critiquing big tech companies. 

“I believe she is focused on addressing one of the most pressing issues of the day: reigning in the big social media platforms,” said ranking member Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US MORE (R-Miss.). 

“However, I do remain concerned that a broadly overregulatory approach as an FTC commissioner could have a negative effect on the economy and undermine free market principles.” 

Khan is an influential antitrust scholar, known for her “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” paper, which she wrote as a student at Yale. She also served as an aide to the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee's investigation into the market power of the biggest tech companies. 

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyPence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (Mo.), a leading GOP big tech critic who has proposed a bill to revamp antitrust laws, earlier this month told Washington Post Live he is “impressed” with Khan’s background and track record. 

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“The kind of voice she’s brought on these issues is an important one,” Hawley said. 

At the time, though, Hawley said he had yet to make his mind up on how he would vote on Khan’s nomination. 

Khan would be joining the FTC at a critical time. The agency is engaged in a lawsuit against Facebook, along with attorneys general across the country, suing the social media giant over allegations of anti-competitive acquisitions.