Senate confirms Bedoya for FTC seat, giving Democrats majority

The Senate voted to confirm Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission, giving Democratic Chair Lina Khan a majority at the agency after a long wait.

why is it important: Khan can now move forward with the aggressive pro-competition agenda she has planned, with three Democratic members serving on the five-member commission.

Driving the news: The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to confirm Bedoya 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris voting in the event of a tie.

Between the lines: It’s not very common for a vote for an FTC candidate to be so split between the parties.

  • Republicans have said Bedoya, a privacy expert, professor and former Senate Judiciary Committee staffer, is unsuited for the job.

What they say : “Confirmation of Alvaro Bedoya as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission is good news for the American people and brings the agency back to full strength to enforce antitrust protections, fight pricing scammers, market manipulators and those who attempt to rip off American consumers,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

The other side: “Today’s vote sends a clear message to businesses of all sizes: buckle up,” said Neil Bradley, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, who has battled confirmations from Khan and Bedoya, in a press release.

  • “President Khan now has the third potential vote she needs to unleash greater uncertainty – the enemy of growth and business opportunity – on the economy.”

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