A bill to allow publishers to join forces when they bargain with Google and Facebook languished in the last Congress. But a bipartisan pair of lawmakers is hoping the legislation has a better chance this session — especially as a Democratic-controlled House increasingly seeks ways to rein in Big Tech’s power.

Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), the chair of the House antitrust subcommittee, and Rep. Douglas A. Collins (Ga.), the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, say they reintroduced The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act this week. The duo made the case onstage at a Post Live event yesterday that the legislation is needed to level the playing field between tech giants and local news publishers.

“It grows out of a recognition that we need to do something to give local media, local news publishers the ability to survive,” Cicilline said at the event.

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