Government watchdog Public Citizen led dozens of organizations on Thursday in calling on Congress to pass several pieces of legislation to rein in the power of powerful tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google—bills that represent the interests of a majority of Americans, polls show.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe groups—which also included Jobs With Justice, the Center for Popular Democracy, and New York Communities for Change—said congressional leaders should pass six bills that were\u0026nbsp; \u0022carefully crafted to address the abusive practices of the Big Tech companies\u0022 following a two-year investigation by the House Judiciary Committee.\r\n\r\n\u0022There is a clear and compelling need for Congress and the antitrust enforcement agencies to take action that restores competition, improves innovation, and safeguards our democracy.\u0022\r\n—House Judiciary Committee\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAfter conducting 10 hearings and 240 interviews and pouring over 1.3 million documents, the committee compiled a 450-page report concluding that \u0022Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook each possess significant market power over large swaths of our economy\u0022 and \u0022that there is a clear and compelling need for Congress and the antitrust enforcement agencies to take action that restores competition, improves innovation, and safeguards our democracy.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022America has a monopoly problem,\u0022 the groups said Thursday in their letter (pdf). \u0022Reining in these companies is an essential first step to reverse the damage of concentrated corporate power throughout our economy.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe groups cited research (pdf) showing how Amazon now controls over 35% of e-commerce in the U.S.—forcing other sellers to rely on Amazon to reach their own customers and \u0022laying waste to a once diverse marketplace\u0022—and detailing Facebook and Google\u0026#039;s attacks on the free press by diverting \u0022ad revenue away from publishers and into their own pockets.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe companies also worsen wage stagnation by stifling competition, the groups said. In the case of Apple and several other tech firms, the companies required employees to sign \u0022no poach\u0022 agreements guaranteeing they wouldn\u0026#039;t work for competitors—leaving the workers with little leverage in negotiating their pay, as the companies didn\u0026#039;t have to worry about them leaving for other large firms.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nTo \u0022bring urgently needed change and accountability to these companies and an industry that most Americans agree is already doing great harm to our democracy,\u0022 the groups said, Congress must pass:\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\tThe American Innovation and Choice Online Act (H.R. 3816), to promote innovation and competition by prohibiting dominant Big Tech platforms from anti-competitive discrimination;\r\n\tThe Ending Platform Monopolies Act (H.R. 3825), to give government enforcers the ability to break up or separate certain parts of the businesses that create conflicts of interest;\r\n\tThe Platform Competition and Opportunity Act (H.R. 3826), to prevent the most problematic mergers and acquisitions, such as those that include competitors, potential or nascent competitors, or will enhance or maintain the company\u0026#039;s market power;\r\n\tThe Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act (H.R. 3849), to require Big Tech platforms to allow users to take their data with them if they decide to leave;\r\n\tThe Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act (H.R. 3843), to authorize much-needed funding for antitrust enforcement agencies; and\r\n\tThe State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act (H.R. 3460), to make it easier for state attorneys general to bring a federal antitrust suit rather than having a defendant seek to move a case to a more favorable venue.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Americans support taking action against these companies,\u0022 said the groups. \u0022Recent polling found that 57% of Democrats and Republicans and 61% of Independents believe that Big Tech companies should be broken up.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022We are proud to support this important legislative package and encourage all members of Congress to vote for its swift passage,\u0022 they added.