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Congress Needs To Take Action To Boost Tech Industry's Competitiveness, EIA Says

The group listed taxes, trade, workforce initiatives, and research funding as its top priorities at its semi-annual EIA Board of Governors meeting.
Now is a critical time for Congress to boost America's economic growth and global competitiveness, according to the Electronic Industries Association.

The EIA announced its political agenda Tuesday and said that it would focus on issues related to growth in the technology industry. The group listed taxes, trade, workforce initiatives, and research funding as its top priorities at its semi-annual EIA Board of Governors meeting.

"This is a critical time for our industry," Mike Kennedy, EIA chair and Motorola senior VP, said in a prepared statement. "Consolidation and global competition are at unprecedented levels in the private sector and there's new leadership in Washington. With the right policies at the federal and state levels, we'll see more economic growth and American jobs. If government leaders make the wrong decisions, high-tech companies will suffer.

The board agreed that Congress should encourage international trade while balancing commerce, security, and intellectual property rights. The association is calling for skilled worker immigration reform, as well as incentives to better train science, technology, engineering, and math educators.

EIA's lobbyists will also push for tax incentives for private research and development as well as increased funding for federal science and technology agencies, streamlined acquisition procedures and convenience for broadband deployment.

Finally, the EIA is joining other industry associations pushing for uniform policies, which reflect an industry standard, for recycling and energy efficiency.

The EIA represents nearly 1,300 electronics companies.