The US Senate voted Wednesday to advance to a confirmation vote for President Biden’s candidate with Federal Trade Commission privacy attorney and Georgetown University law professor Alvaro Bedoya.
The US Senate trade committee was deadlocked 14-14 after Bedoya’s nomination, but the full Senate voted 51-50 on Wednesday, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the knot.
If confirmed, Bedoya will give Democrats a majority at the FTC, which enforces federal consumer protection and antitrust laws.
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“Without Mr. Bedoya, the FTC and its members are handicapped and unable to move forward, so today’s discharge motion is a matter of immense importance and I hope all my colleagues who want to fight inflation and price manipulation vote to continue with Mr. Bedoya. Bedoya’s nomination,” Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said on the Senate floor before the vote.
Bedoya, the director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology, previously served as chief counsel to a subcommittee on privacy of a U.S. Senate judge.
His research focused on consumer privacy, facial recognition technology and surveillance.
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Current FTC chairman Lina Khan is an outspoken critic of Big Tech and is leading the agency’s antitrust case against Facebook, alleging that the social media giant suppressed competition with a “buy or bury” strategy.