End-of-year bill avoids controversial tech proposals
Congressional leaders have released the text of omnibus legislation slated to receive a vote in the Senate and House later this month. The legislation contains popular tech priorities like the INFORM Consumers Act, a bipartisan bill to verify the identity of online sellers, as well as raising merger filing fees and a ban on TikTok on government devices. Not included in the bill are more controversial tech proposals including the Open App Markets Act (OAMA), the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), and the American Innovation and Competition Online Act (AICOA).
“Passing the bipartisan INFORM Act would be a major victory for consumers, who deserve to know who they’re buying from when they visit an online marketplace,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “This legislation has been through years of hearings and markups and has earned the support of both parties as well as brick and mortar stores and online marketplaces. What you don’t see in this year’s omnibus are the more controversial measures that have raised red flags on issues like content moderation.”
Chamber of Progress has written to and testified before more than a dozen state legislative bodies, urging state lawmakers to lend their support to the federal INFORM Consumers Act rather than passing state-by-state solutions requiring seller verification.
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