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GOP leader Kevin McCarthy warns Amazon CEO to stay away from politics: report

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Amazon CEO Andy Jesse to focus on building good products and making a profit while staying out of sensitive political issues, according to a report.

The last meeting took place just weeks after Jesse’s predecessor, Jeff Bezos, announced that he was stepping down as CEO.

Republicans are angered by Fortune 500 companies being more vocal about political issues to please their largely liberal workforce.

The Walt Disney Company criticized Ron DeSantis of Florida Gov. and the GOP-dominated state legislature in Tallahassee for their opposition to newly passed legislation that critics dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Last month, Amazon employees demanded that the company take a more forceful stance against the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, but management declined.

Amazon and other firms have pledged to cover health care costs, including travel-related expenses incurred by employees who need to go away to have an abortion.

Jesse met with McCarthy (R-California) as well as several top Democrats on Capitol Hill, the New York Times reported.

According to a report, Amazon CEO Andy Jesse was warned by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to stay out of politics.
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Mccarthy Met With Jesse Last Year, Just Weeks After Taking Over The Role Of Ceo.
McCarthy met with Jesse last year, just weeks after taking over the role of CEO.
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He traveled to Washington to lobby lawmakers against passing anti-trust laws targeting big tech companies like Amazon Meta and Alphabet Inc.

Amazon has also come under criticism for its efforts to resist unionization efforts in some of its warehouses.

According to the Times, since Jassi took over the role of chief executive a year ago, he has visited the capital a total of three times.

Jesse has met with top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein.

Capitol Hill Lawmakers Have Targeted Amazon And Other Tech Giants Who Have Allegedly Committed Anti-Trust Breaches.
Capitol Hill lawmakers have targeted Amazon and other tech giants who have allegedly committed anti-trust breaches.
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Schumer has been accused of dragging his feet to bring antitrust legislation to the Senate.

Anti-trust advocates point out that Schumer’s daughter, Jessica Schumer, is a registered lobbyist at Amazon. The Post was the first to report the news.

Schumer’s other daughter, Alison Schumer, works as a product marketing manager at meta-owned Facebook, another company that has been accused of amassing and abusing monopoly power.

There are two major pending antitrust bills that would rein in anti-competitive practices by companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Jassi Had Succeeded Company Founder Jeff Bezos As Ceo A Year Earlier.
Jassi had succeeded company founder Jeff Bezos as CEO a year earlier.
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One of the bills – the American Innovation and Choice Online Act – passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in January by a vote of 16-6. The bill was supported by all Democrats on the panel and five Republicans.

A related bill, the Open App Market Act, is expected to be considered at the same time.

Most bills in the Senate require 60 votes to pass. However, advocates note that many Republicans are sponsors, suggesting they may be able to pass.

A spokesman for Schumer has insisted the senator supports the law.

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