Dem  GOP    Vote: 137  H R 2745 23-MAR-2016
Yes 235 5
230
No 171 170
1
No Vote 27 13
14
Present 0  
 

Anti-Trust Enforcement
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it appeared likely to fail.

Voting 235 for and 171 against, the House on March 23, 2016, passed a GOP-drafted bill (HR 2745) that would strip the Federal Trade Commission of its 102-year-old authority to use in-house administrative judges for determining whether proposed mergers and acquisitions violate antitrust laws. Under the bill, the FTC could pursue antitrust litigation only in federal courts rather than in both federal courts and its own administrative-law tribunals as is now the case. This would align FTC procedures with those at the Department of Justice (DOJ), which uses only federal courts to adjudicate proposed mergers. The FTC and DOJ are the two agencies that enforce federal antitrust laws. The bill was backed by business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which often see the DOJ as easier to deal with in antitrust matters. The bill was opposed by groups such as the Consumers Union on grounds it would weaken FTC defenses against monopolistic business practices.

Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said: "As you go through a merger and you draw the short straw and end up in front of the FTC, you have got another spool of red tape (to) get rolled up in. I don't think that is fair and I don't think the American people think that is fair."

Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said a vote for the bill "is a vote for concentrated, private economic power. At a time of increased consolidation in key industries, we can't afford more Republican attacks on government, which is what (this) is, plain and simple."

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it appeared likely to fail.
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Illinois Tally
Enyart, Bill (D-12 )   YEA Belleville, IL  
Bustos, Cheri (D-17 )   NAY East Moline, IL  
Davis, Danny (D-7 )   NAY Chicago, IL  
Davis, Rodney (R-13 )   YEA Taylorville, IL  
Schneider, Brad (D-10)   YEA Deerfield, IL  
Duckworth, Tammy (D-8 )   NAY Hoffman Estates, IL  
Foster, Bill (D-11)   NAY Geneva, IL  
Gutierrez, Luis (D-4 )   NAY Chicago, IL  
Hultgren, Randy (R-14 )   YEA Winfield, IL  
Kelly, Robin (D-2 )   NAY Chicago, IL  
Kinzinger, Adam (R-16 )   YEA Manteno, IL  
Schock, Aaron (R-18 )   YEA Peoria, IL  
Lipinski, Dan (D-3 )   NAY Western Springs, IL  
Quigley, Mike (D-5 )   NAY Chicago, IL  
Roskam, Peter (R-6 )   YEA Bensenville, IL  
Rush, Bobby (D-1 )   NAY Chicago, IL  
Schakowsky, Jan (D-9 )   NAY Evanston, IL  
Shimkus, John (R-15 )   YEA Collinsville, IL