Senator Amy Klobuchar
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Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Doesn’t shy away from discussing breakups when it comes to alleged tech monopolies.
During a virtual keynote address for the American Bar Association’s fall forum, Klobuchar praised the Justice Department for leaving open the possibility of so-called structural remedial measures in its most recent antitrust lawsuit against Google.
“In a serious monopoly like this, it is important to have a means of separation on the table,” she said.
Klobuchar’s name was revealed as a possible attorney general under President-elect Joe Biden, CNBC reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. She was an early Biden endorser after closing her own presidential bid earlier this year. Biden didn’t reveal specific names for most of the cabinet positions, but did announce Ron Klain as his chief of staff on Wednesday.
But even if she stays in the Senate, Klobuchar will continue to be a force tech companies must reckon with. Klobuchar is already the top Democrat on the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee, where she has criticized the tech giants and introduced laws aimed at re-enforcing antitrust law.
Klobuchar could have more power if the Democrats take control of the Senate by winning two runoff elections in Georgia. That result would split the Senate between 50 and 50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker vote. Such a split could give Klobuchar and the Democrats more power to set the agenda and enforce legislation.
Klobuchar said the Google case was an “important start,” but noted that the attorneys general could continue to join the case and expand it, which will soon fall to the future Biden administration.
She also made it clear that Congress must take steps to ensure solid antitrust enforcement. She said a number of Supreme Court cases have made it difficult for the government to cope with antitrust challenges, leaving lawmakers to reset expectations in court.
“If someone is waiting in the courts to solve our monopoly problem, it will take a long time,” said Klobuchar. “We need to update our laws. We really have no choice but to increase enforcement.”
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