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Federal Public Policy Priorities
TechNet is committed to advancing U.S. competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. Public policies and private sector initiatives that spur our innovation-driven economy are essential to the nation’s economic strength.
TechNet has adopted a narrower, high-level federal legislative focus in an effort to be a leader on select issues of importance to the innovation economy. Based on the legislative priorities of our members, we will focus on the following issues:
IMMIGRATION REFORM & STEM
- Numerical levels and categories for high-skilled nonimmigrant and immigrant visas should be responsive to economic need and, where appropriate, include mechanisms to fluctuate based on objective standards.
- Spouses and children should not be counted against the cap of a high-skilled immigrant visa applicant—there should not be a marriage or family penalty.
- Federal immigration regulations, policies and adjudications should facilitate, not restrict, the movement of high-skilled workers, including if they want to start a new company.
- U.S. employers are in the best position to identify which skilled workers are necessary and qualified for permanent job opportunities in the U.S.
- We need a new national effort to recruit and train more STEM teachers who will help prepare more students for these fields in college.
- Congress, and not an unelected decision-making or advisory body, should establish the appropriate levels of skilled immigration and the scope and contours of high-skilled employment visa classifications. (More information on Immigration Reform & STEM)
- Adopt a competitive, market-based territorial tax system, and, as a transition to this system, allow U.S.-based companies to repatriate their current overseas cash at a reduced rate.
- Make the corporate tax rate in the United States competitive with the rest of the industrialized world.
- Adopt and Make Permanent Innovation Incentives. (More information on Tax Reform)
- Cybersecurity is a complex process best realized through effective partnerships between the public and private sector in order to manage risk and properly identify and mitigate threats and vulnerabilities.
- The United States should exercise leadership in encouraging the use of bottom-up, industry-led, globally-accepted best practices and assurance programs to promote security and interoperability.
- Efforts to improve America’s cybersecurity must be able to adapt rapidly to emerging threats, technologies and business models.
- Threat intelligence enables companies to reduce the risks to their property, reputations and operations. (More information on Cybersecurity)
We will work closely with our members on goals, strategy, message and principles development and communications for each of these issues.