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Franken is pleased Justice will try to block AT&T merger


Sen. Al Franken says he’s happy to see the Justice Department taking steps to block the proposed merger between cell phone giants AT&T and T-Mobile.

In July, Franken asked the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the merger, MPR notes. He’s worried that the merger would allow AT&T and Verizon to control 80 percent of the market.

“I have long believed that this merger would be a terrible deal for consumers, and I’m pleased the Department of Justice has taken the wise step of officially opposing it,” Franken said in a statement. 

This puts him in the rare position of being at odds with labor unions, who support the merger because it would increase the number of union jobs.