by Semiconductor Industry Association
A new nonpartisan campaign called TechElect, launched by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), is bringing together Americaâ€™s technology and innovation leaders to promote the issues that are important to our industries and to share ideas with the presidential campaigns.
TechElectâ€™s top priorities â€” outlined in a document titled â€œSix Steps to Jobs, Prosperity and Innovationâ€ â€” align with many of the core priorities of the semiconductor industry. For example, TechElect supports boosting math, science, and engineering skills in our students and protecting Americaâ€™s technological leadership through strategic investments in scientific research. SIA strongly advocates for government investments in both STEM education and research funding â€” two of the fundamental building blocks of our industryâ€™s future.
TechElect also encourages immigration reform that allows the worldâ€™s best and brightest minds to stay in America so they can create products and jobs here. Our industry has long supported this effort, and SIA was pleased to see Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduce legislation that would reform the immigration policy that is causing the U.S. to lose many job creators to competitors abroad.
Last week, I was pleased to participate in TechElectâ€™s first conference call, during which I discussed advancing the priorities that will expand our industry and boost the economy. Here are some of the topics I covered:
I look forward to continuing this conversation and telling our industryâ€™s story in the weeks and months ahead.
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