U.S. Senate has enough votes on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation that would effectively stop Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google from favoring themselves in their search results.
“We wouldn’t be asking for a vote if we didn’t think we could get 60 votes,” said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is being backed by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, as well as House sponsors Democratic Representative David Cicilline and Republican Representative Ken Buck.
According to Senate rules, a bill must have at least 60 votes to avoid debate and move to final passage.
Now that enough votes have been secured for the bill’s passage, the Senate is expected to vote on it this Summer. After that, the bill will be sent to the House for a final vote.
“This bill has to pass in June,” said Buck.
“We need a Senate vote. And we need that Senate vote to be soon,” said Grassley, echoing the sentiment.
While the bill has yet to be put to a vote, it is already shoring criticism from tech giants such as Amazon and Google, who are arguing that the bill would negatively affect products such as Amazon Basics and Google Maps, making it harder to protect users’ security and privacy.
However, the scare tactics being used by tech giants have not swayed any of the Senator’s decisions.
“This bill will not prevent Amazon from providing free shipping or other services to its Prime members. But it will prohibit Amazon from misleading customers by rigging search results and cheating its sellers by stealing their nonpublic product information,” Cicilline said.