April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the technology sector's leading companies, issued the following statement from vice president for government relations Vince Jesaitis applauding the Senate Finance Committee’s vote to approve bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to reauthorize the U.S. trade promotion authority (TPA):

“The Senate Finance Committee took an important step forward today to help American tech companies be more competitive overseas.  As ITI has previously stated, this TPA bill passed today by the Finance Committee makes important advances in the over-arching framework through which our government looks at trade.  In particular, it reflects the changes and advances in the technology sector through updated standards that will allow the Internet and digital trade to thrive.  America’s worldwide leadership in technology is not a given, particularly if our companies are not competing on a level playing field.  This bill sets the standards, and gives the U.S. Trade Representative additional tools to ensure our sector can, and will compete on a level playing field.  We thank Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, and all the senators that helped move this bill one step closer to the President’s desk.”

Last week the leaders of ITI and seven other technology industry trade groups joined together in a statement of support for the legislation, and ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield explained how specific provisions in the bill would benefit the digital and Internet economy.

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Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment