Senator Josh Hawley Introduces Antitrust Legislation Aimed at Big Tech

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a new bill on Monday that would break up several large companies in the United States, with a particular focus on the Big Tech companies, as reported by the Daily Caller.

The bill is called the “Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act,” and aims to combat “anti-competitive big business” such as “Big Banks, Big Telecom, and Big Pharma.” In his press release announcing the new legislation, Hawley said that “a small group of woke mega-corporations control the products Americans can buy, the information Americans can receive, and the speech Americans can engage in.”

“These monopoly powers control our speech, our economy, our country,” Hawley continued, “and their control has only grown because Washington has aided and abetted their quest for endless power.”

The bill, if signed into law, would ban companies worth over $100 billion from performing mergers and acquisitions, and would also ease federal regulations imposed by the Sherman and Clayton antitrust acts so that the federal government could more easily break up big companies.

In a statement to the media, Hawley declared that “this country and this government shouldn’t be run by a few mega-corporations,” and that the Republican Party should “become the party of trust-busting once again,” pointing out that “that’s a part of our history.”

Antitrust legislation may be one of the few issues that could earn bipartisan support in Washington. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced an antitrust bill of her own in February, which Hawley supported. In the House of Representatives, Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is also planning to introduce his own bill on the issue sometime next month.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks to reporters as he arrives to the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans are looking to hold a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, October 26, approximately one week before the Presidential election. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

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