By JOSH SISCO
Noah Phillips, one of two Republican commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission, is set to leave the agency in the fall, he told POLITICO.
Phillips’ departure comes at an extraordinarily high-profile moment at the agency, one marked by a heightened skepticism toward corporate consolidation and tension between the Republicans and Democrats on the commission under Chair Lina Khan, a progressive antitrust hawk who has targeted the tech giants and corporate concentration across the economy.
While Phillips’ departure is unlikely to have any immediate impact on agency decision making since it won’t threaten Khan’s Democratic majority, it will create another opportunity for the White House and a bipartisan swath of lawmakers to push the agency to get even tougher in its fight against corporate power.
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