Journalism Competition Preservation Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

For too long, Big Tech has been able to take news content from local stations without fair compensation. This situation may soon change. Under the leadership of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D MN) and Sen. John Kennedy (R. LA), the Committee passed the JCPA on a 15-7 vote. The vote was secured by working out some difficulties raised by Sen. Ted Cruz (TX). Regarding passing the bill through the Committee, Chairwoman Klobuchar stated:

“The Senate Judiciary Committee has once again stood up to monopoly tech companies on a bipartisan basis. As the daughter of a newspaperman, I understand firsthand the vital role that a free press plays in strengthening our democracy. But local news is facing an existential crisis, with ad revenues plummeting, newspapers closing, and many rural communities becoming ‘news deserts’ without access to local reporting. To preserve strong, independent journalism, we have to make sure news organizations are able to negotiate on a level playing field with the online platforms that have come to dominate news distribution and digital advertising,” said Klobuchar.

“Our bipartisan legislation ensures media outlets will be able to band together and negotiate for fair compensation from the Big Tech companies that profit from their news content, allowing journalists to continue their critical work of keeping communities informed. Now that this bill has advanced through the Judiciary Committee with a strong bipartisan vote, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get it passed by the full Senate and signed into law.”

Of course, we have a long way to go, including a vote on the Senate floor. The House has a similar bill that has been introduced by Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Ken Buck (R-CO).

We are awaiting a text of the bill with all the amendments included by the Senate Judiciary.

You can see Sen. Klobuchar’s full statement here.