Analysis

Merger Bills Show Dems Embracing Antitrust Enforcement

By Eric Kroh (September 18, 2017, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A pair of bills recently released by Senate Democrats to combat corporate consolidation may be destined for the scrap heap, but the legislation and the support it has garnered among Democrats show that aggressive antitrust enforcement could come to play a central role in the party's agenda.

The bills, introduced last week by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would give the government's antitrust agencies a leg up in challenging transactions and more tools and resources for merger enforcement.

The legislation is dead in the water in the Republican-controlled Congress, but the bills have won the support of prominent Democrats, including some who...

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