Good authorities Democrats are thrilled. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the chair of the Senate Judiciary antitrust panel, mentioned that Kanter’s “deep authorized expertise and historical past of advocating for aggressive motion make him a wonderful selection.” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Washington state Democrat who has authored a invoice to pressure corporations like Google, Amazon, Apple and Fb to divest some holdings, mentioned Kanter‘s nomination is “good news for employees, customers, small companies, and innovation throughout America!” Sen. Elizabeth Warren agrees.
If confirmed, Kanter will be part of two extra skeptics, if not downright foes, of Massive Tech within the administration: Lina Khan, who heads the FTC (she’s already acquired Fb and Amazon “rattled”; and Tim Wu on the Nationwide Financial Council (sure, that Tim Wu, the “father of net neutrality”). The three collectively are the dream workforce for progressives—a lot in order that they acquired espresso mugs made months in the past for it.
However Kanter is not the one nominee Democrats are rejoicing over. On Monday, Biden announced he’ll be nominating Graham Steele as assistant Treasury secretary for monetary establishments. This is the good information on that one—the previous Democratic chief counsel on the Senate Banking committee has additionally labored for Sen. Sherrod Brown. He additionally served as Workers Director of the Subcommittee on Monetary Establishments & Client Safety and is at present the Director of the Companies and Society Initiative on the Stanford Graduate College of Enterprise. He’ll be overseeing Biden’s efforts to tighten rules on monetary establishments.
“This is a wonderful selection by President Biden. Graham Steele spent his profession preventing Wall Avenue greed—on the aspect of working households and customers,” said Brown. “I’m assured that as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Steele will assist the President’s struggle to handle earnings inequality, local weather change, and systemic racism, and to make our financial system extra only for employees. I absolutely assist his nomination and urge my colleagues to do the identical.”
This one has Warren happy as nicely.
Only a few extra tweaks—getting a full Federal Communications Fee on board to reinstate internet neutrality and placing some stress on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to lastly boot Trump holdover Postmaster Common Louis DeJoy—and we’ll have a authorities that is aware of what it is doing and is doing it to make life higher for everybody. What a distinction a president could make.