By: Tom Hebert
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has said that the rushed antitrust package is not ready for a full vote on the House floor, joining a growing bipartisan consensus that these bills are not ready for prime time.
In remarks to the press, Hoyer said that Congress’s role in encouraging competition among tech companies should be “constructive, not destructive.”
Hoyer added: “There was disagreement among the Democrats in the committee and not every Democrat voted for it, and some very senior members opposed it. There’s a lot of discussion to be had before I get to scheduling bills for the floor.”
Hoyer is completely right. The six antitrust bills Hoyer is referring to, spearheaded by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), limped out of the Judiciary Committee after a grueling 29-hour markup. The markup stretched over two days because it was the first opportunity for many rank-and-file members to offer any input on the legislation.
This is not the first time Democrats have attempted to pump the breaks on the Cicilline package. Ahead of the markup, eight house Democrats called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to slow the package down.
Additionally, a bipartisan statement from California Members pointed out the serious flaws in the antitrust package:
“The marathon markup – that started Wednesday morning, recessed as the sun came up on Thursday morning, and then reconvened for another four hours on Thursday – featured several bills that would radically change America’s leading tech companies and made crystal clear that the bill text as debated is not close to ready for Floor consideration.”
Much has been made of the supposed rift in the Republican party over the antitrust package, despite widespread conservative consensus that the bills are a Trojan horse for Biden bureaucrats to advance their woke social agenda. The fact that Hoyer is throwing cold water on the package shows that Democrats are in severe disagreement over this attempt to weaponize antitrust law.