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Six Senators Sign Letter to FTC Seeking Answers on Proposed Auto Rule

Published September 14, 2022

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Jonathan Collegio

Jonathan Collegio

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Sen. Cynthia Lumis (R-Wyo.) and five other U.S. Senators—including Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)—on Monday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan seeking answers to eleven in-depth questions, regarding its proposed auto retail rule. 

From the letter:

“If implemented, this proposal would confuse customers, lengthen the transaction time to purchase a vehicle, limit consumer choice, increase paperwork, and mandate burdensome new recordkeeping requirements on small businesses.”

Among the questions it asks: 

  • Why the FTC did not pursue a more traditional approach to rulemaking in its process.
  • Whether the FTC consulted with other agencies when crafting the proposal.
  • What the FTC was trying to accomplish, given all the allegations are already against the law.
  • Why the FTC did not issue a quantitative study on the issue before proposing the rule.

The letter in its entirety can be viewed here.

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