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Blog: 07/24/15

A Good Day for Trade as ITA Expansion Rolls On

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Following a tense, last-minute dust up, an agreement on the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) won final approval today by all but a handful of the 54 countries involved in the talks during a meeting of ambassadors in Geneva. This is a decisive step forward in the hard-fought, […]

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Blog: 07/18/15

It’s a Deal: ITA Negotiations on Track to Conclude on Friday

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

GENEVA – As negotiations to expand the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) got under way this morning, Geneva was cloaked in dreary, gray skies. But by this afternoon, the clouds had swept past, a brilliant sun emerged, and the ambassadors from the members of World Trade Organization (WTO) involved in the talks […]

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Blog: 07/06/15

ITA Negotiations to Resume: Global Industry Strongly Presses for Conclusion Next Week

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

With negotiations to expand product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) finally back on track, global industry today issued an unambiguous call to the negotiating parties to reach agreement next week on the scope of products to be covered in this bold initiative. In a statement released today, more than 80 associations from around […]

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Blog: 06/12/15

House Needs to Get Trade Promotion Authority Across Finish Line

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

SIA is encouraged the House of Representatives today voted in favor of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) on a bipartisan basis, but we are disappointed it failed to approve accompanying legislation that would allow TPA to be signed into law by the president. The failure to get TPA across the finish line is a missed opportunity […]

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Blog: 06/11/15

House Closing in on Decisive Vote on Trade Promotion Authority

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

With much at stake for the semiconductor industry, the U.S. economy, and our country’s standing in the world, the House of Representatives looks poised to vote this week on bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. SIA has long advocated for TPA and yesterday joined a coalition of technology leaders asking the House to swiftly approve […]

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Blog: 05/26/15

Senate Approval of TPA a Big Win for Semiconductor Industry, U.S. Economy

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

On Friday night, the U.S. Senate approved bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation that would foster free trade, promote job creation, and spur growth in the semiconductor industry and throughout the U.S. economy. SIA applauds the Senate for passing this much-needed legislation and urges the House of Representatives to move quickly to do the same. The […]

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Blog: 05/21/15

What U.S. States Are Leading Exporters of Semiconductors? Some May Surprise You

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes annual data on exports by state, and the recently published full-year 2014 semiconductor state export numbers provide some interesting takeaways. First, all 50 U.S. states exported semiconductors in 2014. This reflects the regional diversification of semiconductor manufacturing and the pervasiveness of the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain in the United States. […]

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Blog: 04/23/15

Congress Should Approve Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

This week, House and Senate committees are considering the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), legislation that would enable free trade agreements, strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, and promote job creation and growth throughout the U.S. economy. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill late yesterday with bipartisan support, and the […]

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Press Release: 04/16/15

Semiconductor CEOs Urge Congress to Enact Trade Promotion Authority to Spur Growth, Innovation

WASHINGTON—April 16, 2015—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today applauded bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). The SIA board of directors, led by Intel […]

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Blog: 02/12/15

Tech Leaders Urge Congress to Swiftly Enact Trade Promotion Authority to Strengthen Economy, Open Markets

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

SIA and a coalition of technology leaders today urged Congress to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, which would help the United States negotiate and finalize key trade agreements that will lower tariffs, boost U.S. exports and create jobs: “TPA gives the U.S. one voice on trade … [It] strengthens our country’s negotiating position and […]

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Blog: 01/27/15

Implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement Inches Closer Following U.S. Letter of Acceptance

by Semiconductor Industry Association

SIA welcomes the news that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman formally delivered the United States’ letter of acceptance of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to the WTO Director in Davos, Switzerland on Friday. Delivery of the letter was a welcome final step in U.S. acceptance of the Agreement. The TFA will enter into force […]

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Blog: 01/05/15

What’s the Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Priorities in the New Congress?

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

As we prepare for the official start of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, it’s a good time to assess the election results and the landscape for semiconductor industry priorities in the new Congress. The most notable change in Washington from the 2014 elections is that Republicans gained the majority in the U.S. Senate for […]

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