“Don’t Break What Works” Responds to Sen. Schumer’s Comments During Democratic Leadership Press Conference

Washington, D.C. 04/26/22 – Today, CCIA’s Don’t Break What Works campaign released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remarked that he is working with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), sponsor of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, to see if they could “get to 60 votes” on S. 2992 for floor consideration: 

“This legislation does not appear to have the support of 60 senators, most likely because of major national security problems and the fact that it will increase inflation. A majority of Senate Judiciary Committee members raised serious issues with the legislation in January, and there has been no transparent effort to fix the bill. Senator Schumer should not be whipping votes for a bill that would break some of Americans’ favorite products and services,” said Chandler Smith Costello, spokeswoman for the “Don’t Break What Works” campaign. 


The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) would undermine U.S. global competitiveness, break some of Americans’ most popular products and services, limit innovation, weaken cybersecurity, and increase prices. Learn more about how AICOA would break some of American consumers’ favorite products, hurt small businesses and disadvantage American companies here

National security experts and several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have detailed their concerns about risks the bill poses for national security, cybersecurity and data protection. You can read more here, here, here, here, and here. Twelve former national security officials, including former directors of the CIA and a former Director of National Intelligence, also sounded the alarm around the national security implications of proposals like S. 2992. (Read more here.) More about the impact S. 2992 would have on data security and national security is available here and here.

To read more about how digital goods and services have a deflationary effect, click here

The Don’t Break What Works campaign is powered by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Learn more here