October 20, 2021
AAP Applauds Senate Introduction of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act
AAP applauds Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Grassley (R-IA) for introducing the bipartisan American Innovation and Choice Online Act, the Senate companion to H.R.3816, which passed through the House Judiciary Committee in June. This legislation represents a critical step in Congress’ ongoing effort to modernize and reinvigorate our country’s antitrust laws and rein in anticompetitive behavior by dominant online platforms that for far too long have significantly harmed the marketplace for disseminating published works. Among other things, the legislation would improve the government’s ability to take meaningful action against online platforms that inhibit competition through self-preferencing, tying, or using non-public data to gain an unfair advantage over publishers and other business users.
We are grateful to Senators Klobuchar and Grassley for their leadership in introducing this bill in the Senate, and we look forward to continuing to work with Members of the Senate and House of Representatives to support the strongest possible legislation to level the playing field and hold dominant online platforms accountable for their anticompetitive conduct. We also extend our thanks to the other original Senate cosponsors of this legislation, Senators Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Blumenthal (D-CT), Kennedy (R-LA), Booker (D-NJ), Lummis (R-WY), Hirono (D-HI), Warner (D-VA), Hawley (R-MO), and Daines (R-MT).