(PresidentialInsider.com)- While House Republicans may talk tough on Twitter about Big Tech Tyranny, the truth is far too many Republicans are rarely to put that tough talk into action. There are probably a number of reasons for this – not the least of which is Big Tech and Silicon Valley are a large source of campaign cash for both Democrats and Republicans.
But one Republican Congressman isn’t afraid to stand up and fight back against Big Tech monopolies – even if it means defying the Republican leadership to do it.
Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado has emerged as a crusader against tech monopolies. Buck, the ranking member of the House antitrust subcommittee is playing a key role in forging a bipartisan agreement to rein in the Big Tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. Doing so has put Buck at odds with Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and a number of his other Republican colleagues including Congressman Jim Jordan.
Both Jordan and McCarthy like to rail against “Big Tech Censorship,” but when the rubber meets the road, they are skittish about using government to regulate the tech giants.
Working with Democrat Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island, chair of the House antitrust committee, in June Congressman Buck has passed six sweeping anti-monopoly bills through the House Judiciary Committee. The bills aim to limit the economic power of tech giants by expanding the capabilities of antitrust law. It is expected that Speaker Pelosi will bring these bills to the House floor for a vote later this year.
Ken Buck is viewed by America First members of the House as “a bellwether for the party’s attitudes toward Silicon Valley.” In other words, he is one of the few Republicans in Congress to actually listen to Republican voters.
Even among liberals Buck is recognized for having a better understanding of Republican voters when it comes to Big Tech. Hal Singer, an antitrust economist and professor at Georgetown who routinely works with Democrats on tech-related legislation, said Buck has tapped into the “anti-monopoly populist zeitgeist” better than most Republicans.
The strongest opposition to Buck’s use of antitrust laws against Big Tech comes from the Republican caucus. Most among the GOP have been skeptical of government regulation of Big Tech. While some want to hold Big Tech accountable for anti-competitive behavior and censorship, many of them are not in favor of using antitrust laws to do it.
However, in a July 27 op-ed at the conservative publication Human Events, publisher Will Chamberlain argued for using antitrust legislation to address big tech monopolies and their anti-conservative bias. Chamberlain makes an excellent case for why this may be the best way for Congress to combat the far-too powerful Tech companies.