Senate Must Pass the Open App Markets Act to Protect American Entrepreneurs and Consumers from Monopoly Power

February 3, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 21-1 to pass the Open App Markets Act out of committee.

“The Open App Markets Act passed out of committee with a resounding bipartisan consensus because lawmakers on both sides of the aisle know we must confront Apple and Google’s dominance over the app economy,” said Pat Garofalo, Director of State and Local Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. “Big Tech has launched an all-out lobbying blitz to stop this bill. The full Senate must follow in the footsteps of the Judiciary Committee, stand up to Big Tech’s lobbyists, and pass this bipartisan bill to protect American entrepreneurs and consumers from monopoly power.”

The Open App Markets Act is part of a growing movement from policymakers to rein in Big Tech’s monopoly power. Similar legislation has been introduced across the country, including the recently introduced Freedom to Subscribe Directly Act (HB4599/SB3417) in Illinois and bills in several other states, such as Arizona, New York, and Florida. 

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.