Capitol Hill braces for big tech showdowns

Capitol Hill braces for big tech showdowns
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Representatives and advocates for some biggest tech giants are scrambling to prevent key legislation from enacting at Capitol hill before it’s too late.

Over the past few days, there has been a battle over big tech bills. It’s now going down the wire.

Representatives and advocates for some biggest tech giants are scrambling to prevent key legislation from enacting before it’s too late. 

Lobbying against and for legislation to crack down on the big techs in the US is intensifying as the Senate nears an important month for the anti-trust bills.  

Presently, all eyes are on Charles Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, who will decide if to prioritize approaches to regulate Apple, Google, Meta, and Amazon over other important bills before the August recess. 

A bipartisan bill to bar the big tech from giving preferential treatment to their offerings and stop Google and Apple from favoring their apps in stores was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March but has stalled from there. 

To run out the clock, the significant tech allies are warning Senate Democrats that their voters want to progress on other critical issues before November’s elections.

The big techs also warn lawmakers that the law will undercut privacy and restrict prominent features like Amazon Prime.  

Meanwhile, smaller firms supporting the bills believe that regulating giant techs is a winning mid-term idea. Other bill supporters think it will increase competition and enhance the quality and cost of consumers’ services.

Much concentration stretch has been on Schumer due to his ultimate say in taking the bills to a floor vote. 

July may be the final month for lawmakers to consider the big tech bills before going for a recess in August. The Senate may not make much progress on the main legislation after the break as the lawmakers will most likely pay more attention to the elections in November.

Poll says federal government’s actions hurt financially

In other news, most people via a new poll have said that the federal government’s actions are hurting them financially, including their families.

The poll conducted at Monmouth University revealed that 57% of respondents are hurt by government activities compared to 34% and 47% in prior polls. Just 8% pointed out that the government’s activities have helped them.  

The poll expresses that few citizens are hopeful about the future. Only 23% expect government activities to help enhance their main present concerns. 45% say that those in power enunciate actions that hurt them.  

Note that this poll is almost a total reversal from last year’s poll response.

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