Chair Scott Brown on Moon Griffon Show: “Federal Government is Not the Answer”

Radio Host Questions Senator Kennedy’s Continued Support for the Klobuchar Antitrust Bill

LOUISIANA – During an interview on The Moon Griffon Show, Competitiveness Coalition Chair Scott Brown hammered the left’s reckless antitrust agenda and the negative ramifications on our economic and national security. At the center of the conversation was the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA), a bill that U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and other liberal leaders are intent on passing once Congress returns in September. 

Griffon, who is known as “the Voice of Louisiana”, added that he had “heard that Senator Kennedy was backing off the bill.” Kennedy is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.

“Any time the government is trying to take away our rights and privileges and add more and more regulations on our innovators and small, medium and large businesses it is not a good thing,” Brown said. 

Brown argued that the antitrust legislation would worsen inflation at a time when Louisianans are grappling with high grocery costs and utility bills. “We need to stop the madness,” Brown said. 

Brown discussed how the private sector and tech firms have mobilized to mitigate and thwart cyberattacks as the war in Ukraine continues, ensuring that Ukrainians can communicate and fight back against Russia. “The federal government is not the answer, folks, to all of our woes,” Brown said. 

The former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, who spent time in the Asia-Pacific region, said the bill’s requirement forcing companies to open their platforms to foreign competitors poses a risk to Americans’ privacy. The Chinese Communist Party “has a backdoor into everything” and if this bill passes Beijing will be taking out “the champagne” to celebrate, Brown said.

According to press reports, proponents of the legislation claim they have enough votes in the United States Senate for passage if the bill is brought to the floor for a vote. Sen. Klobuchar told the New York Times that she’s spoken with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about “putting the bill up for a vote in the fall.”

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