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  • Nomination of Joshua Wright

    by Senator Barbara Boxer

    Posted on 2013-01-02

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    BOXER. Mr. President, I rise to register my concerns with the confirmation of Dr. Joshua Wright to be a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, FTC.

    The FTC's mission is to ``prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers and to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process.'' Yet throughout his career, Dr. Wright has shown a disdain for this mission, and the government's involvement in protecting consumers.

    As one example, Dr. Wright wrote that one government consumer protection agency's agenda was ``aggressive and dangerous'' and that its ``existence is likely to do more harm than good for consumers.'' He has also sharply criticized the FTC, arguing it has been hampered by ``a history and pattern of appointments evidencing a systematic failure to meet . . . expectations.'' Many consumer groups are also concerned about his confirmation to the FTC, noting that his antiregulation philosophy is far outside of the mainstream and runs counter to the mission of the FTC as an enforcement agency designed to protect consumers.

    Dr. Wright was selected by Republican congressional leadership to fill a Republican position on the FTC, as required by statute. For this reason I did not block his confirmation, but I will be closely monitoring his activities at the FTC.


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