Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has been named vice chair of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law.
Chennai-born Jayapal, 55, from the Democratic Party, will oversee the subcommittee’s pressing work on antitrust, large tech, reining in anti-competitive behaviour, serving to forestall monopolistic practices, defending a free press, and permitting innovation to thrive.
Ms Jayapal, the one Indian-American girl within the House of Representatives, has been a number one voice on the committee, the place she most just lately performed an energetic position in conducting America”s first main congressional antitrust investigation in many years, a media launch mentioned.
“I am honoured to lead the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law at a pivotal moment in which we must write the next chapter of antitrust law,” Jayapal mentioned in a press release.
“That’s how we will finally hold dominant tech platforms accountable while advocating for workers, stopping hate and misinformation, and protecting a free press,” she mentioned.
“By reasserting the power of Congress and using our historic investigation as a roadmap, we will continue the work necessary to rein in anti-competitive behaviour, help prevent monopolistic practices, protect local and independent journalism, and allow innovation to thrive,” Jayapal mentioned on Wednesday.
In July, Jayapal questioned the CEOs of three dominant tech platforms.
She requested former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about how the tech large makes use of third occasion vendor information. She additionally questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on how the social networking large harvests and monetises person information after which makes use of it to repeat, purchase, and kill rivals, the media launch mentioned.
Additionally, Jayapal requested Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai concerning the firm”s whole management of the advert market because the proprietor of the market, the advert purchaser, and the advert vendor, which has dangerous results on the native and impartial journalism obligatory for our democracy to thrive.
The listening to was a part of the Antitrust Subcommittee’s greater than 16-month investigation into the state of competitors within the digital financial system.
“I can say conclusively that self-regulation by Big Tech comes at the expense of our communities, small businesses, consumers, the free press, and innovation,” she mentioned after the investigation”s findings have been launched in October.
In December, Jayapal was elected because the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), making her one of the highly effective US lawmakers within the 117th Congress.