Technology

With the confirmation of a third Democrat to the Federal Trade Commission, the progressive chair regains the agency’s majority — and the ability to speed ahead with her priorities.

Since taking over as chair, Lina Khan has aimed to break down the silos within the FTC that separate competition and consumer protection investigations. | Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan now has the Democratic majority she needs to turn her progressive vision for antitrust and privacy into reality.

The Senate’s confirmation of Georgetown University law professor Alvaro Bedoya on Wednesday will end a 2-2 partisan deadlock that kept many of Khan’s priorities on ice since October.

Now Khan has the leeway to pursue a potential antitrust suit against Amazon, crack down on employers’ non-compete agreements and go after middlemen blamed for increasing pharmaceutical prices — while taking steps to protect consumer privacy. And she may be able to cause headaches for Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter.

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