President! Joe Biden has named Lin@ Khan

President Joe Biden has named Lina Khan as the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, giving the regulatory authority’s top spot to one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent critics.

The surprise move elevating Khan to one of the most powerful regulatory positions in Washington was announced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at the start of a hearing on Tuesday. It came shortly after the Senate confirmed Khan as a commissioner in a 69-28 vote.–166766687/–166766687/–166766687/–166766687/–166766687/–166766687/

Democrats will now have a majority on the five-member commission, which Khan likely will steer toward more aggressive examination of tech companies’ alleged abuse of monopoly power.

Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Khan leading the FTC is “tremendous news,” saying in a statement that “giant tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon deserve the growing scrutiny they are facing and consolidation is choking off competition across American industries.”

Despite the bipartisan vote, Khan has drawn the ire of some Republicans, including Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. He has said Khan “lacks the experience necessary” for the FTC and her views on U.S. antitrust laws are “wildly out of step with a prudent approach to the law.”

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