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The Senate has the votes to pass ‘The American Innovation and Choice Online Act’ that takes aim at Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook

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Last Saturday Patently Apple posted a report about a possible piece of legislation that could reshape the tech industry being just a few steps away from becoming federal law. Advocates fear that if congressional leadership doesn’t usher it through before the midterms, or at least the end of the year, it could die.

 

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and lawmakers from both parties said last Wednesday they had the Senate votes needed to pass legislation aimed at reining in the four tech giants, Meta's Facebook, Apple, Alphabet's Google and Amazon.com, and urged a vote be taken.

 

Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar stated: "We wouldn't be asking for a vote if we didn't think we could get 60 votes.” The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this summer, perhaps as early as later this month.

 

Republican Senators Ken Buck and Chuck Grassley stated that "This bill has to pass in June. We need a Senate vote. And we need that Senate vote to be soon."

 

The tech giants have said the bill would imperil popular consumer products like Google Maps and Amazon Basics and make it harder for the companies to protect their users' security and privacy.

 

Cicilline, who said he expected a House vote "very soon," disagreed with the companies' criticism of it. For more, read the full Reuters report. The U.S. Senate will recess for the month of August and the push is on to get the vote out prior to this recess.

 

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