Schakowsky Chairs Hearing On Price-Gouging, Consumer Protections

EVANSTON, IL — Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky blamed the Trump administration and “Big Tech” for allowing fakery and fraud to run rampant on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic, while online price-gouging continues thanks to a weak federal government response.

Schakowsky, chair of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, convened a remote congressional hearing Thursday from her Evanston home titled, “Consumers Beware: Increased Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

“Despite the Trump administration counting on the private sector to play a key role in the response and recovery, Big Tech has allowed fraud, fake news, fake reviews, and counterfeit and stolen products to thrive on their platforms,” said Schakowsky. “Price-gouging has continued mostly unfettered on platforms because of a weak and uneven federal response.”

Schakowsky was the lead sponsor of the COVID-19 Price Gouging Prevention Act, a bill she introduced in April that would make

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