WASHINGTON – Today the Competitiveness Coalition announced the addition of New Hampshire’s Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy as its newest member, bringing the total number of organizations and individuals to 22. The addition comes at a critical time on Capitol Hill, following the reintroduction of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2033) and the ongoing abuse of power by Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who appeared before the powerful House Judiciary Committee on July 13.
Josiah Bartlett develops and advances practical, free-market policies that promote prosperity and opportunity for all. Since 2017, Josiah Bartlett has been led by Drew Cline, who spent 14 years as editor of the editorial page of the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“We are excited to welcome Josiah Bartlett and fellow Granite Stater Drew Cline to our growing coalition,”said Scott Brown, Chair of the Competitiveness Coalition and former United States Senator and Ambassador. “Drew’s keen insights and deep knowledge of the policy and regulatory landscape will be a major asset as we advocate for policies that allow American innovators to thrive in New Hampshire and across the country.”
“The Josiah Bartlett Center is happy to join our fellow advocates for prosperity and freedom in the Competitiveness Coalition,” stated Cline. “New Hampshire’s thriving high-tech industry is a significant and growing player in the state’s economy, and the Bartlett Center is happy to have such strong allies fighting against heavy-handed and misguided policies that stifle opportunities for companies to innovate and contribute to a free-market economy.”
According to CompTIA, the tech sector makes up 12.5 percent of New Hampshire’s overall economy. In recent years, the Granite State has emerged as a leader in developing sub-technologies that support larger innovations to the likes of Tesla and Rogue Space Systems.
In June 2023, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which failed to pass during the last session of Congress. Since then, at least five lawmakers have dropped from the latest version of the bill.
For more than a year, the Competitiveness Coalition has been sounding the alarm on the FTC’s egregious overreach and concerning actions. To learn more about the Coalition’s work on this front, please visit competitivenesscoalition.com. Members of the press can contact the coalition email@example.com.