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AMERICAN INNOVATION AND CHOICE ONLINE ACT: Will hurt families

| June 26, 2022 1:00 AM

I am writing to express concern regarding legislation that is gaining traction in Congress. This bill (S. 2992) is disguised as pro-business and pro-consumer choice, yet in truth it is entirely the opposite. The way I see it, this so-called anti-trust legislation will only decrease competition and increase prices on goods my family relies on. Goods that are already in short supply and high demand. Just like many other families in the area, we are feeling effects of high gas prices, increased grocery bills, and increased rent. I have yet to see Congress do anything to address these real problems that are impacting me and my fellow Idahoans.

As two working parents to very young children, my wife and I rely on our access to online platforms. Even our baby’s formula is ordered through an online subscription. These platforms are reliable, cheap and regarding our baby’s food absolutely essential. Products offered on these sites are usually lower price — which is important during such a time as this when prices for goods and services are at an all-time high. Additionally, products offered online are more often in stock. This bill will not only remove the ability for these online platforms to market their conveniently priced goods but may increase prices for shipping.

I urge Senators Crapo and Risch to oppose S 2992 and instead focus on supply chain issues, ensuring baby formula is on the shelves, and lowering gas and food prices.

CHRIS CLAYTON

Coeur d’Alene

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