The past years have seen an increasing polarity in our politics. Partisans on both sides seem to be more divided than ever — until the next day, when the divide increases. It seems that one company has gotten so out of hand that despite divisions on just about every issue, there is a place where even the fiercest partisans speak with one agreeable voice. They can all agree that Ticketmaster and their parent company, Live Nation sucks.

Fans of just about any major touring act you can imagine, from Taylor Swift to Dead and Company, have voiced their frustration and outrage when trying to get tickets to a concert. Issues like crashing websites and outrageous fees and prices have united Americans of all political stripes. In fact, Senator Richard Blumenthal thanked Ticketmaster for uniting the parties with their unpalatable business practices.

So when The Senate convened hearings today some may have been shocked when Democrats like Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Amy Klobuchar were on the same side as Republicans like Marsha Blackburn, Josh Hawley, and Mike Lee.

Yes, the various Senators may have had different suggestions on how to solve the problems, but they all agreed that there are problems.

Some were more in support of breaking up Ticketmaster’s monopoly using either existing laws that aren’t enforced or creating new ones targeting the dominant ticketing company. Others, like Senator Kennedy, suggested eliminating the ability to transfer tickets as a possible solution.

There were some small dissentions, like when Josh Hawley seemed to champion scalpers and people “speculating” with tickets on resale markets to be a “free market” practice that he seemed to endorse.

To testify, representatives from Ticketmaster, AXS, SeatGeek,  and other entities in the business were joined by a single obscure musician, Clyde Lawrence. Lawrence took Ticketmaster and Live Nation head on in regards to some of their business practices.

 “Due to Live Nation’s control across the industry, we have practically no leverage in negotiating [with] them,” he said. “If they want to take 10% of the revenues and call it a ‘facility fee’, they can, and have… And if they want to charge us $250 for a stack of ten clean towels, they can, and have… In a world where the promoter and the venue are not affiliated with each other, we can trust that the promoter will look to get the best deal from the venue. However in this case the promoter and the venue are part of the same corporate entity.”

He also rebuffed Ticketmaster’s claims that artists set pricing strategies (something the Ticketmaster representative claimed in his opening remarks), saying, “To be clear, we have absolutely zero say or visibility into how much these fees will be. We find out the same way as everyone else, by logging onto Ticketmaster once the show already goes on sale. And in case you’re wondering, no, we, the artists, do not get a cent of that fee.”

There was one group that wasn’t represented, however — the fans who actually buy tickets. It isn’t like none were available, either. In fact, right outside their doors, Jennifer Kinder, an attorney leading a lawsuit against Ticketmaster joined fans for a protest against what they believe is a monopoly. She or any of the fans weren’t given an opportunity to testify. It was reminiscent of when Republicans held hearings on abortion rights without inviting one woman to the hearings to speak.

One difference, their views were shared in the hearing by at least one of the people testifying, however.  Jack Groetzinger, the CEO of SeatGeek, a competitor of Ticketmaster, called to break up the giant.

“There are three things that are clear to me and are clear to many others who work in our industry,” Groetzinger said. “Number one, a lack of robust competition in our industry meaningfully stunts innovation and consumers are who suffer. Number two, venues fear losing Live Nation concerts if they don’t use Ticketmaster. And number three, the only way to restore competition in this industry is to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation.”

A view Kinder shares. She told the Dallas Morning News, “It can’t just be changes that make Congress happy. They have to be changes that make the consumer happy,” Kinder said. “If they’re [Congress] not going to … just break the whole thing up, then they’re gonna have to tell consumers that their access to live entertainment really doesn’t matter.”

While a big solution to the problem doesn’t seem imminent, it was at least refreshing to see Democrats and Republicans actually agree on something that most Americans also agree on — Ticketmaster sucks.

You can view the entire hearing by clicking here.