Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Alvaro Bedoya's nomination to serve as Commissioner to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
"The Federal Trade Commission plays a critical role in protecting American consumers," said Senator Markey. "I am proud to have voted to confirm Alvaro Bedoya to help lead this effort and continue the Commission's essential work. Mr. Bedoya has a deep commitment to the public interest and he will bring a sterling background of service and scholarship to this position. Americans face increasing threats in the digital ecosystem, and the FTC must be laser-focused on protecting the public from manipulation and privacy invasions online. With a full slate of commissioners, the FTC must now act swiftly and boldly to use the full scope of its authority to protect consumers, particularly in communities of color and other marginalized communities, who disproportionately experience harm both online and offline. Mr. Bedoya is ready to take on those challenges, and I look forward to working with him and the entire Commission."