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    What’s up with helium?

    Think of helium, and we think birthday balloons and silly high-pitched voices.  But helium plays a number of critical roles in our economy – from health care to high-tech manufacturing.  Helium is a key component in MRI machines, for instance, and we couldn’t make the semiconductors for our computers and other electronics without it.  That’s why a looming cut-off of helium sales is so concerning, and [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Environment & Sustainability
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    Lew Confirmation Hearing Zeroes in on Tax Reform

    The President’s nominee to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, testified at the Senate Finance Committee today and faced questions from Democratic and Republican Senators on the importance of corporate tax reform to job creation.  (You can watch the archived hearing on the committee’s site.) Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., set the tone with his opening statement, underscoring that the [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    SOTU and Skilled Immigration

    Last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) Address was packed with policy ideas and key issues that President Obama hopes to work on in his second term.  There was a renewed focus on job creation and economic growth.  Immigration reform, among other pro-growth policies, was singled out as one way to achieve both these objectives.  The link between immigration reform and economic revitalization is the reason [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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    Immigration reform means a stronger Silicon Valley and U.S. economy

    This op/ed was originally published by the Mercury News. The recent jobs report and the decline in fourth quarter GDP growth reinforce that the U.S. economy is teetering on the edge of stalling. The policy decisions made in 2013 will be critical in determining our fate. To ensure a future of renewed prosperity and innovation, we should move quickly to advance immigration reform. As an immigrant who [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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    Building on a Tradition

    Back in 2005, ITI worked with Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., on the introduction and then enactment during the 109th Congress of a small bill (HR 5646) that focused on better understanding data center energy efficiency.  We followed that up in 2007 by helping to draft and then supporting the successful Eshoo/Rogers amendment that became Section 453 of the Energy Independence and [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Intelligent Efficiency, Energy
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    Honoring Innovation and Discovery at the White House

    With the greatest “collection of brainpower we’ve had under this roof in a long time,” President Obama at the White House today bestowed the nation’s highest honors for invention and discovery – the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation – on an incredibly talented group of men and women.  The President noted that the accomplishments of these women and men are [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM
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    Could tech be the difference maker for immigration?

    This blog originally was published by The Daily Caller. ----- “This time it’s going to be different.” Have you heard that before? The Chicago Cubs faithful know what I am talking about. As did “Star Wars” fans after Episode One, as well as Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ex-husbands. And then there are those in the tech industry who for years have advocated for Congress to pass immigration reform. On Monday, eight [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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    Focusing on High-Skilled Immigration Reform

    Right after the President’s speech in Las Vegas today, ITI’s Dean Garfield was on Bloomberg TV with the Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols.  While a host tried to put Dean and Alex at odds with each other, it turns out that they agree on many of the bipartisan proposals put forward in the last couple of days.   You can watch the interview on the Bloomberg TV website. Highlights [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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    Say "Aye" to I-Squared

    As we noted in yesterday’s blog post, the bipartisan Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act has been introduced in the Senate with five Republican and five Democratic sponsors.  We appreciate the leadership of Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Chris Coons, D-Del., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Jean Shaheen, D-N.H., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., John [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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    Immigration Reform in Context

    In watching the news reports on immigration reform throughout the day, one thing that has been missing from the discussion is any context for the legislative activities of the past couple of days.  To fill that gap, I prepared an ITI Policy Brief that gives some political and policy background for the Senate’s bipartisan efforts with the principles and the Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act, and [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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