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
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
The FTC voted 3-0 to approve the testimony.