Senate advances antitrust legislation, despite reservations from California Democrats


A Senate committee voted Thursday to advance antitrust legislation targeting the tech industry, following a debate that exposed fault lines within the Democratic Party over the future of tech regulation.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 16-to-6 vote, with lawmakers from both parties calling for future amendments to the bill. The at-times heated deliberation over the legislation followed an aggressive lobbying blitz from tech giants and their surrogates, which appeared to resonate with California’s senators.

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