Sept. 20, 2021

Legislation Would Prevent Amazon from Dominating Federal Agencies’ Procurement

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors announced its support of Rep. Veronica Escobar’s (D-TX) Federal Acquisition E-Commerce Fairness and Competition Act. H.R. 5217 seeks to remedy a flaw in how the government tests e-commerce platforms for departments and agencies to purchase products. The legislation will broaden competition and instill fairness benefitting American taxpayers.

“On behalf of the $6 trillion wholesale distribution industry, we commend and strongly support Rep. Escobar’s legislation to address GSA’s current pilot e-commerce portal program which unfairly gives Amazon monopoly power in federal government procurement,” said Blake Adami, NAW vice president of government relations. “Every day, Amazon commits unfair acts against small businesses and distributors that sell on Amazon’s marketplace. This bill restores Congressional intent by requiring GSA (General Services Administration) to expand its pilot program by testing at least three commercial e-commerce portal models and prevents Amazon from being both a platform manager and supplier. NAW is committed to fighting unfair acts by monopolistic companies and we urge Congress to quickly pass the House Judiciary committee’s antitrust bills.”

To view NAW’s letter supporting the Federal Acquisition E-Commerce Fairness and Competition Act, click here.

To view Rep. Escobar’s press release on H.R. 5217, click here.

To view the bill text, click here.