Strengthening the Federal Trade Commission’s Authority to Protect Consumers

April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Strengthening the Federal Trade Commission’s Authority to Protect Consumers,” at 10:00 a.m. on April 20, 2021. The hearing will address the Commission’s endangered consumer redress authority; the Commission’s efforts to fight fraud during the pandemic, including its new first-time civil penalty authority for COVID-related scams; and the Commission’s tools and capabilities in the information age, including $30.4 million in funding for consumer protection matters that Congress provided in the American Rescue Plan Act.


  • The Honorable Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission
  • The Honorable Noah Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • The Honorable Rohit Chopra, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • The Honorable Christine Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

10:00 A.M. EDT

Full Committee (Hybrid)


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the hearing. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.



Majority Statement

  • Chair Maria Cantwell

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Roger Wicker

Witness Panel 1