As previously mentioned, the House Judiciary Committee recently formed an “Antitrust Task Force.” And it will soon examine the XM-Sirius satellite radio merger. As mentioned in a comment, the previous (Republican) Congress formed an Antitrust Task Force too. As I understand it, forming a task force is a “formality” which allows the committee to hold hearings without the committee chair present.
In the previous Congress, the Antitrust Task Force had a limited term of six months and heard testimony regarding, inter alia, consolidation among the Bell telephone companies and, from then-chairman Timothy J. Muris on the FTC’s antitrust activities. The Antitrust Task Force in the current Congress also has a limited term:
Conyers is forming the new task force and committee members from both the Democratic and Republican sides are being selected. The subcommittee, created on Wednesday (Feb. 21) morning, will have a limited term, now set to end in August when Congress adjourns for summer recess.