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AFP to Congress: Don?t Turn Antitrust Enforcement into a Political Spectacle

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AFP to Congress: Don?t Turn Antitrust Enforcement into a Political Spectacle

06.10.19 12:52 PM

Arlington, VA –*On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will*convene*for the first in a planned*series*of hearings to examine the state of competition in the tech industry. The hearing comes shortly after the full House Judiciary Committee launched a sweeping*antitrust investigation*that is expected to target major American tech companies. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Senior Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley issued the following statement: “Antitrust enforcement requires a fact-specific, complex inquiry about a particular company in specific markets. This is why enforcement is handled by antitrust agencies and the courts rather than Congress. This broad Congressional inquiry can explore general principles of antitrust, but cannot and will not determine whether any particular company broke the law. As Congress pursues this inquiry, it should avoid creating a political platform for aggrieved industries and companies to complain about their competitors. The ultimate goal of antitrust is protecting the competitive process, and its success is measured by improving consumer welfare. Antitrust harms consumers and competition when used as an excuse to protect companies from legitimate competition or to punish a company for size or success.” As part of a broader effort to protect the future of American innovation, Americans for Prosperity opposes abusive antitrust enforcement. Antitrust […]

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