Democrats escalate calls to ban large mergers during the pandemic

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On Wednesday, Democrats escalated efforts to ban major corporate mergers during the coronavirus pandemic, penning a letter to the Treasury Department calling for a ban on any mergers by companies that received pandemic relief.

For several weeks, lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on antitrust, have pushed for a general moratorium on mergers until the pandemic ends. In April, Cicilline proposed that corporate mergers could only take place if a company was about to fail or already in bankruptcy.

Cicilline is currently leading a sweeping investigation into the tech sector over potential anti-competitive behavior.

Later that month, Warren,…

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