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    Focus on the Building Blocks of Job Creation

    There are critical choices facing Congress as members work to find solutions to the urgent fiscal challenges facing the nation.  But, as they work toward answers, they should not sacrifice the foundation of America’s innovation economy – science, R&D, and education.  And when it comes to “raising revenues” – Washington-ese for higher taxes – Congress needs to adopt a competitive, market-based approach [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy, Skills/STEM
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    An Opening from the White House on Tax Reform?

    It’s been interesting to follow the back and forth today on corporate tax reform between the Business Roundtable (BRT) and the White House.  It’s important to understand what was -- and wasn’t -- said. First, the BRT’s President, Governor John Engler, today put forward his organization’s 2013 policy priorities -- a plan titled, “Act for America’s Future.”  In response to a question about what he has [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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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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    Progress Toward Immigration Reform

    Our work on smart, effective immigration reform is gaining strong momentum this week thanks to bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate.  Today, eight Senators – four Republican, four Democratic – unveiled a set of principles that they believe can help to move immigration reform through the Senate.  On Tuesday, the effort gets another lift with the introduction of the Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration
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    Taking the Lead for ITI’s Policy Priorities

    One of the distinguishing features of ITI is the collaborative way our member companies engage to develop, decide, and execute on our policy priorities.  The focal point for discussion and deliberation of our policy agenda is ITI’s monthly Government Relations Committee (GRC) meeting.  These meetings are always informative and, at times, lively (after all, we represent the tech industry).  As with [...]
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    Six Reasons for Faith in American Innovation

    Time and again, news reports remind us that the U.S. has lost its competitive edge and faces an uphill climb in the 21st century to regain and maintain its innovative leadership.  We're constantly told that America is a country that doesn’t produce anything anymore, is on the decline, or lacks ingenuity.  While these arguments make for convenient headlines, ITI member Microsoft did a lot to dispel [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM
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    Kerry on Cybersecurity

    At his confirmation hearing today to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., was asked about cybersecurity.  Here’s what he had to say in his question-and-answer round with Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.   Senator Durbin:  I think you may have attended the briefing, the classified briefing for members of the Senate, Democrats [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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