The decision elevates one of the tech industry’s most prominent critics to the top slot at the federal government’s anti-trust watchdog. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced that Khan had been named chair at a hearing Tuesday afternoon, calling it “an interesting development from an antitrust standpoint.”
The development came after senators confirmed Khan’s nomination to the commission earlier in the day. Twenty one Republicans joined 46 Democrats and two independents in voting in favor of Khan, signaling the growing bipartisan interest in reining in large tech companies’ power.
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