Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that he will recommend approval of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger:

“The Sprint/T-Mobile merger remains a bad deal for American consumers. It will cost jobs, drive down wages, and hike prices for working families – disproportionately impacting low-income people and communities of color. The cosmetic changes offered by the companies do little to address our underlying concerns about the impact of this deal on workers and consumers, including the tens of millions of rural Americans who will be locked out of reliable high-speed wireless service.

“If the FCC won’t act to protect consumers, then the Department of Justice must. We urge the Justice Department to apply appropriate scrutiny to this proposed merger and act in the public interest to block monopolies which benefit the wealthy few over workers and consumers.”