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Senate Confirms Alvaro Bedoya to FTC, Setting Stage for More Regulation of Big Tech

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Democrats now have a majority at the US Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC. The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee, Alvaro Bedoya, to fill an empty seat on the Federal Trade Commission after Republicans for months tried to block the nomination. Bedoya’s confirmation gives Democrats a majority on the FTC, which will give Chair Lina Khan a chance to move forward with her ambitious agenda to rein in the power of Big Tech.

The vote was split 50-50 among senators voting in favor of and against Bedoya’s nomination. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tiebreaking vote in the Senate.

Bedoya’s nomination had been deadlocked for months by Republicans in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer used a procedural process called a discharge petition to bypass Republican opposition and move the vote to the full Senate.

Biden had nominated Bedoya, a Georgetown law professor who is a sharp critic of facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies, in September, after former FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra left the agency to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since then, the nomination has languished, and the FTC has operated with a 2-2 split commission between […]

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