Klobuchar gets the antitrust gavel

WASHINGTON – A new Congress usually means a game of musical chairs with committee assignments and this time, DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has come out holding the top slot on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee.

In addition to overseeing the work of the Department of Justice’s antitrust enforcers, the subcommittee also oversee the Federal Trade Commission and reviews the state of competition in various industries.

Before this subcommittee, Klobuchar had chaired another panel with oversight over the federal court system.

High-profile hearings in the last Congress helped scuttle a planned merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

Fellow Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, also a Democrat, keeps his top slot on a subcommittee that looks at the relationship between law and technology.