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Microsoft Status in House Antitrust Push Sparks Lawmaker Clash

June 24, 2021, 1:25 AM

Lawmakers clashed Wednesday over whether Microsoft Corp. would be included in a package of House antitrust bills aimed at big tech companies, even as the software giant’s valuation hovers around $2 trillion.

Republicans questioned why the criteria for covered platforms in the legislation appeared tailored to exempt Microsoft. Republican Jim Jordan and other GOP lawmakers said they want to ensure the software giant doesn’t get special treatment.

Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington state initially said that while Microsoft exceeds the $600 billion market capitalization threshold laid out in four of the six bills before the Judiciary panel, another criterion about ...