In the streets of the nation\u0026#039;s capital and on its cable television networks, progressives are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately schedule votes on a pair of antitrust bills designed to rein in Big Tech\u0026#039;s growing power—something he promised to do by \u0022early summer.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Schumer has a choice: Side with greedy monopolies or the American people.\u0022\r\n\r\nOn Wednesday, the progressive advocacy group Fight Corporate Monopolies released a new ad, its first cable buy in the D.C. market, criticizing the New York Democrat for delaying bipartisan legislative momentum to crack down on technology giants\u0026#039; increasingly concentrated power.\r\n\r\nThe new ad suggests that Schumer\u0026#039;s familial and financial connections to Big Tech—he has secured big checks from industry executives while one of his daughters lobbies for Amazon and the other works for Facebook—have contributed to his ongoing refusal to hold votes on the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s now obvious that Sen. Schumer is Big Tech\u0026#039;s last line of defense against a growing majority in Congress that is fighting to loosen the industry\u0026#039;s vise grip on our economy,\u0022 Helen Brosnan, executive director of Fight Corporate Monopolies, said in a statement. \u0022While the senator publicly states that Big Tech regulation is a priority, his close familial ties to tech monopolies and recent cozying up to tech lobbyists tell a different story.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022In his refusal to advance bipartisan Big Tech legislation to the floor,\u0022 said Brosnan, \u0022Sen. Schumer\u0026#039;s behavior demonstrates that when elected officials of both parties prioritize the interests of monopoly power, small businesses, workers, and consumers lose.\u0022\r\n\r\nRather than bringing popular antitrust legislation aimed at curbing the power of tech monopolies to the Senate floor, Schumer has been hosting private fundraising meetings with the CEOs of companies that would be affected.\r\n\r\nOn Tuesday, Schumer reportedly assured a group of donors that the American Innovation and Choice Online Act is unlikely to pass. However, the bill\u0026#039;s co-sponsors—Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)—say they have the 60 Senate votes needed to overcome a filibuster and want to bring the measure to the floor before the legislative session ends in less than two weeks.\r\n\r\nOutside Bistro Bis, the Capitol Hill restaurant where the high-dollar fundraiser was held, progressive activists protested, greeting Schumer with signs reading, \u0022Call the Vote\u0022 and \u0022Stop Chuckin\u0026#039; Up to Big Tech.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022After promising an \u0026#039;early summer\u0026#039; vote on two critical antitrust bills, Sen. Schumer has failed to keep his word,\u0022 said Maria Langholz, communications director for Demand Progress. \u0022We showed up tonight to make sure that, even as he was meeting behind closed doors with big donors, Sen. Schumer is forced to hear the voice of the people who are clamoring to rein in Big Tech.\u0022\r\n\r\nDemonstrators also parked a mobile billboard outside the restaurant urging Schumer to assign a date for floor votes on both antitrust proposals.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Since Sen. Schumer has failed for months to schedule a vote,\u0022 said Even Greer, director of Fight for the Future, \u0022we thought we\u0026#039;d help him out by once again sending our mobile billboard to the most convenient place possible—tonight\u0026#039;s fundraising dinner, an event he surely prioritized.\u0022\r\n\r\nFor weeks, Fight for the Future\u0026#039;s mobile billboard, dubbed the \u0022Chuck Truck,\u0022 has been circling Schumer\u0026#039;s neighborhood playing Last Week Tonight\u0026#039;s recent takedown of Big Tech.\r\n\r\n\u0022This time the billboard was a giant calendar that should have made it easy for him to keep his promise to bring these bills to a vote with no further delays,\u0022 said Greer.\r\n\r\nKlobuchar told Bloomberg News on Tuesday that Schumer \u0022promised a vote on this bill and we take him at his word.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We have growing momentum and the support to pass the bill despite the fact that the companies have spent an atrocious amount of money on lobbyists and TV ads spreading false information,\u0022 she added.