Chair Cantwell Applauds Lina Khan’s Confirmation to FTC

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today applauded the Senate confirmation of President Biden’s nominee, Lina Khan, to serve on the Federal Trade Commission. On May 12, Khan’s nomination was approved by the Committee with a strong bipartisan vote.

“I’m very pleased to congratulate Ms. Khan on her confirmation to the Federal Trade Commission,” said Chair Cantwell. “Her confirmation comes at a critical time for our nation as consumers have spent more time online than ever before during the pandemic, from connecting with loved ones, or staying on top of the news, to making a living by working remotely. As I said during Ms. Khan’s nomination hearing before the Commerce Committee: I believe in the promise of the internet and the information age, but I also believe that we need a policeman – or in this case – a policewoman – on the beat. That is the FTC’s core mission. We must protect consumers from the frauds and scams that have proliferated during the pandemic. We must protect their privacy and renew our focus on cybersecurity– both of which are essential to protecting our national security and infrastructure. And we have to do everything we can to help stabilize the local news ecosystem which has been severely impacted by unfair practices by the major internet advertising platforms. I look forward to working with Ms. Khan and the FTC on these critical issues.”

Chair Cantwell spoke about Ms. Khan at her nomination hearing in April.