Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and lawmakers from both parties said last week they had the necessary votes in the Senate to pass legislation that would prevent tech platforms, including Apple and Facebook, from promoting their own companies on their platforms.
Companies backing the measure, including Yelp, Sonos, DuckDuckGo and Spotify, called it “a moderate, sensible bill aimed squarely at the well-documented abuses of very large online platforms”.
Other signatories include the American Booksellers Association, American Independent Business Alliance, Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Kelkoo Group.
The organizations urged the Snat to pass the bill, saying it would modernize antitrust laws so that small businesses have space to compete.
Ms Klobuchar said last week she believed she had the 60 Senate votes needed to end debate and pass a vote on final passage. There is a similar bill in the House.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this summer, possibly as early as the end of June, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The House is then expected to vote on the Snat version, the sources say.
Amazon.com, the Chamber of Commerce and others have taken aim at the measure.
The tech giants said the bill would put popular consumer products like Google Maps and Amazon Basics at risk and make it harder for companies to protect the security and privacy of their users.
Amazon blasted the bill, stating in a blog post https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/policy-news-views/antitrust-legislation-and-the-unintended-negative-consequences-for-american- consumers-and-small-businesses that the bill “jeopardizes two of the things American consumers love most about Amazon: the vast selection and low prices made possible by the opening of our third-party retail partner store , and the promise of fast and free delivery thanks to Amazon Prime.”