“In my county alone, I represent thousands — maybe five digits — of employees affected by the proposed laws,” he said. “It is these people whose jobs, families and livelihoods I was elected to protect – and must campaign for today.”
The committee’s passage of bills begins a much more difficult process. Eight Democratic lawmakers have asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has enormous impact when the bills pass in the House, to slow down the process. Lawmakers echoed the argument of companies like Apple saying the bills could open security and privacy loopholes for customers.
The challenge is even more acute in the Senate, where each bill would require substantial Republican support to get the 60 votes needed. Some Republicans, including Josh Hawley of Missouri, have urged tougher antitrust laws. But it’s unclear if many more will join him.
Some bills, such as those to create more money for the Federal Trade Commission, may face less resistance than others. Most controversial is the bill that would ban platforms from selling their own products, such as Amazon, from selling their own branded Amazon Basics toilet paper, and put competitors like Charmin at a disadvantage.
“We think it’s a tough ride on the toughest bills,” said Paul Gallant, a research analyst at Cowen and Company. “The Senate objection is always the highest hurdle, and I doubt it will stand in the way of the most difficult of these bills. But the House is resisting technology faster and further than anyone expected.”
The bills face stiff opposition from tech companies that have run their substantial lobbying activities. Ahead of Wednesday’s vote, Apple sent a letter to committee leaders warning that if the bills were passed, the company would not be able to provide certain security and privacy features to the public. user. Think tanks and lobbying groups sponsored by tech companies made important statements ahead of the votes.
“The bills” point to a handful of innovative tech companies, said Alec Stapp, director of the Progressive Policy Institute, a nonprofit that has received funding from tech companies. America’s most globally competitive and innovative.