January 20, 2022
AAP Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act
AAP applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing S.2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, on a strong bipartisan 16-6 vote. This legislation represents a critical step in Congress’ ongoing effort to modernize and reinvigorate our country’s competition 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 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. The legislation is the Senate companion to H.R.3816, which passed through the House Judiciary Committee last year with AAP’s support.
We are especially grateful to Senators Klobuchar and Grassley for their leadership in introducing this bill in the Senate and for their hard work and dedication in growing support and momentum for the bill. 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 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin for his leadership and to all the Senators on the Judiciary Committee who voted to advance this critical legislation.