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Would Grassley’s bill block Amazon products?
29th November 2021 • The Gazette Fact Checker • The Gazette
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The mammoth online retailer Amazon has become a household staple for many Americans, particularly as the pandemic lockdown encouraged many to shop for supplies from home.

So is it true new legislation would prevent Amazon from selling products from its private label brand?

In a series of online targeted ads, Chamber of Progress, a liberal advocacy coalition representing technology companies, claimed a bill sponsored by Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa “would block Amazon from offering its low-cost Basics brand products.”

"His bill would ban Amazon from offering free shipping on select products through Amazon Prime,“ the group stated in another ad, which appeared on The Gazette’s website.

The Chamber of Progress is backed by Amazon, along with other major technology companies.

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This episode of the podcast is researched and hosted by The Gazette's Michaela Ramm and features Erin Jordan and Marissa Payne. The Fact Checker podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod.