WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and lawmakers from both parties have announced that they have enough votes in the Senate to pass legislation aimed at barring the four tech giants, Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon.com, from favoring their own businesses in search results and using other methods to direct the public to their websites.
“We would not be asking for a vote if we did not think we could get 60 votes,” said Klobuchar, in the presence of Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and House sponsors Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, and Ken Buck, a Republican.
Bills generally need support from 60 senators to cut off debate and move to a vote on final passage in the Senate.
In response, Amazon.com, the Chamber of Commerce and others criticized the proposal last week.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this summer, and the House would then vote on the Senate version.
“This bill has to pass in June. We need a Senate vote. And we need that Senate vote to be soon,” Grassley said.
The bill will focus on popular consumer products, such as Google Maps and Amazon Basics, and make it more difficult for the companies to protect their users’ security and privacy, the tech giants claimed.
In response, Cicilline said, “This bill will not prevent Amazon from providing free shipping or other services to its Prime members. But it will prohibit Amazon from misleading customers by rigging search results and cheating its sellers by stealing their nonpublic product information.”