WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it testified before Congress about its views on 17 bills Congress is considering that deal with the agency’s jurisdiction and operations.

Chairwoman Edith Ramirez testified on behalf of the FTC. The testimony generally expressed support for several bills, but noted a few measures that could possibly harm the agency’s ability to continue to fulfill its mission. The agency exists to protect consumers and competition in an ever-changing marketplace.

The bills the FTC supports most heavily are two House bills that would repeal select exemptions to the FTC Act. These exemptions would allow the agency to act more broadly in ensuring the application of the law across the nation and across different economic sectors.

One bill would eliminate an exemption for telecommunications common carriers. Another would allow the FTC to have enforcement jurisdiction over charitable, religious, education and other nonprofit organizations.

Ramirez also testified that the FTC is committed to supporting Congress’ effort to enhance the effectiveness of the FTC in the marketplace.

The FTC voted 3-0 to approve the testimony.

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