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Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis Opening Remarks at FTC Budget Hearing

Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis Opening Remarks at FTC Budget Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee.

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Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis Expresses Concerns Over Politicalization of FTC

In a recent hearing, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce Chair Gus Bilirakis raised concerns about the politicalization of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Bilirakis expressed worries about the lack of balance and transparency within the Commission, citing a decline in employee morale and concerns about overreach in rulemaking. He emphasized the importance of the FTC's mission to protect consumers from fraud and deception, calling for a return to bipartisan cooperation and trust-building. Bilirakis also highlighted ongoing bipartisan efforts to provide new authorities for the Commission, emphasizing the need for a national privacy standard and protections for children online. He urged the Commission to work with all Commissioners and be faithful stewards of the law.