McSweeny Vows Protections For Middle Class In FTC Role

By Melissa Lipman (September 18, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commission nominee Terrell McSweeny vowed at her confirmation hearing Wednesday to continue her efforts to protect and promote the middle class through competition and consumer protection enforcement, including privacy regulations.

McSweeny also promised lawmakers that she would continue to work within the FTC's bipartisan tradition if confirmed as the agency's fifth commissioner. McSweeny, a Democrat and senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, would fill the seat left open when former Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down in the spring.

"The mission of the FTC protecting consumers and keeping the marketplace free ... isn't a partisan one,...

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