U.S. Senators On Google: “A Great American Success Story"

9/22/11 | 12:57:00 PM

A “Positive Force” Toward Small Businesses; Search Regulation Would “Impede Innovation, Entrepreneurship [and] Economic Recovery”

Here’s what U.S. Senators had to say about Google at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing:

Google is “a great American success story” and a “standard for innovation”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)

“[Google] has become an emblem for success in the new economy... Whether it is Gmail, Google Books, YouTube, or Google Travel, few companies have invested as much money and creative energy in online ventures - both successes and failures - to improve the online experience, as Google.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut)

“What a tremendous success story Google is, a great American success story, a great consumer success story.”

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota)

“I want to start out by saying that I love -- I love Google, and I said that the last time Google was here in front of my subcommittee, but I think it bears repeating. Google has utterly transformed the way we locate and use information. And I have a feeling that Google is going to continue to be among those setting the standard for innovation in this country for decades to come.”

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York)

“Google and its competitors are building the infrastructure of the future economy and it's critical that technological growth not be unfairly constrained. That's how all markets work, but particularly in this area where innovation really matters and things change quickly.”

Google is “a positive force” and “pretty good” toward small technology companies

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York)

“And every six months or so, I meet with some of the leading high -- the CEOs of the high-tech companies in New York, the growing -- the little ones... And I asked them, "What do you think of Google"? It was off the record... Four-fifths of them said Google is a positive force, much more positive than most of the other large companies they deal with. They said, "It helps us more than it hurts us." Their words, the consensus was... "Google is actually pretty good. We don't see them as rapacious."

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)

“Google did a very good event in Minnesota. They reached out to some of our small businesses and helped them to set up websites, which was helpful. So I know that there's legitimate work being done with the small businesses.”

Further regulation may be “burdensome” and will “impede innovation, entrepreneurship... [and] economic recovery”

Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin)

“We recognize the incredible technological achievements of Google and the need to avoid stifling its creative energy.”

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

“[Other Iowans] are extremely supportive of Google's products and services. They're concerned that the federal government is being overly aggressive and will place burdensome regulations on a company that is creating good jobs and innovative consumer tools. We should not be penalizing successful companies that are innovating, providing cost-effective and productive services, and creating jobs.”

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

“[One Iowan] wrote that, quote, ‘further restrictions on successful businesses like Google are the surest way to impede innovation, entrepreneurship, ultimately threatening any sustainable economic recovery’?”