Maryam Khan Cope

Director, Government Affairs

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Blog: 01/29/20

SIA Applauds New Senate Legislation to Advance ‘Industries of the Future’

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of Senate leaders introduced legislation, the Industries of the Future Act of 2020 (S. 3191), aimed at advancing U.S. leadership in the semiconductor-enabled technologies of the future, including artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, quantum computing, and next-generation wireless networks. SIA applauds the introduction of the bill and urges Congress to […]

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 01/21/20

Appropriations Law Highlights Importance of U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

At the close of 2019, the President signed into law the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act, which allocates funding for a range of federal agencies, including two – the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – that support critical semiconductor research. SIA applauds enactment of this legislation and […]

Blog: 11/15/19

Congressional Commission Highlights Priorities for Advancing AI

On Nov. 4, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) released its interim report to Congress detailing the Commission’s assessment of challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence (AI) for U.S. national security. The report includes a variety of recommendations that align with SIA policy priorities, including the need for increased research funding and […]

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 10/31/19

Senate-Approved Appropriations Bill Supports Semiconductor Research

The Senate today approved legislation that appropriates funding for a range of federal agencies, including two – the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – that support critical semiconductor research. SIA applauds Senate passage of this bill and urges the House and Senate to work together on final […]

Blog: 09/09/19

SIA Commends DOE Research Initiative, Calls for Robust Federal Investments to Advance Semiconductor Technology

In public comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week, SIA called for a major increase in funding for research to advance semiconductor technology and harness the transformative, semiconductor-enabled technologies of the future, including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and advanced wireless networks. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry met with the SIA Board […]

Blog: 07/22/19

Policymakers Should Prioritize Research Investments as Appropriations Negotiations Move Forward

President Trump today announced the administration and congressional leaders have reached agreement on a deal to raise federal spending levels and extend the debt limit for the next two years. SIA is encouraged by this announcement and urges policymakers to prioritize research funds during the appropriations process to keep America the world leader in semiconductor […]

Blog: 07/10/19

SIA Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Remove Per-Country Immigration Caps on Employment-Based Visas

The House of Representatives today approved with strong, bipartisan support the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019” (H.R. 1044), sponsored by Reps. Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Buck (R-Colo.). The bill eliminates the unjustified and counterproductive per-country cap on employment-based visas in favor of a fair, “first come, first served” system. Passage of the bill is an […]

Workforce & Immigration
Blog: 06/10/19

SIA Applauds Effort to Establish National Strategy for AI and Calls for Greater Emphasis on AI Hardware Research

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a promising technology with potentially transformative benefits across society. At the heart of all AI-related innovations is semiconductor technology. Development and deployment of AI will require a coordinated, comprehensive approach led by government and industry. SIA applauds bipartisan legislation introduced recently by Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), […]

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Blog: 05/17/19

White House Plan Prioritizes Skills-Based Immigration

President Trump yesterday announced a plan to reform America’s immigration system by prioritizing skills-based immigration. While the full text of the plan has not been released, we hope the President’s announcement marks a step toward bipartisan action to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system. As an engine of economic growth for America, the semiconductor industry has long […]

Workforce & Immigration
Blog: 04/24/19

Winning the Race to 5G and Beyond Requires Ramping Up Public-Private Research

Earlier this month, President Trump announced an effort aimed at helping to ensure America wins the global race to deploy 5G wireless technology. Advanced wireless networks such as 5G hold the promise to revolutionize the way we communicate, work, and live by seamlessly connecting our cars, devices, and entertainment with unprecedented speed and security. At […]

Emerging TechnologiesResearch
Blog: 02/08/19

Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Per-Country Immigration Caps Would Help Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Workforce

Bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday in the House and Senate would help level the high-skilled immigration playing field, relieve green card backlogs, and provide U.S. semiconductor companies with greater access to the top innovators from around the world. The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 1044 and S. 386), introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) […]

Workforce & Immigration