TechNet Praises U.S. Senate Passage of Historic Immigration Legislation

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June 27, 2013

TechNet Praises U.S. Senate Passage of Historic Immigration Legislation

Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today congratulates the U.S. Senate for approving historic immigration reform legislation (Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act/ S.744).

“In passing this legislation on a strong bipartisan basis, the Senate broke the logjam on immigration and high-skilled worker reforms,” said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco and co-chair of TechNet.  “America’s economic success stems from our culture of innovation and the constant infusion of new ideas from a skilled and talented workforce.  Now – as the House of Representatives takes up the issue – Cisco will continue to work with our legislative leaders to ensure that the reforms help attract the best, the brightest and the most ambitious minds from around the world to our shores. Putting the right STEM education programs and immigration policies in place are critical for the future success and competitiveness of our country.”

“The passage of this monumental, bipartisan legislation is a terrific victory for our country,” said John Doerr, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and co-chair of TechNet. “America’s economic success has always been based upon its ability to attract the best talent, no matter where they were born. We applaud the broad, bipartisan support for this measure in the Senate.”

“Comprehensive changes to our outdated immigration system are important for the U.S. economy to remain the global leader in innovation,” said Safra Catz, President & CFO, Oracle and a member of TechNet’s executive council.  “With approval of this bill, the Senate is sending a powerful signal that America is open for business, strengthening our economy and providing new opportunities for our workers.”

“Today, the Senate took a significant step toward reforming our nation’s outdated immigration policies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “If enacted, these changes will strengthen our economic security, foster innovation and enable continued job growth in the U.S.  Equally important, the legislation makes critical investments in our workforce by strengthening STEM education in the United States, including instruction focused on computer science. Microsoft applauds the Senate’s bipartisan collaboration and leadership in addressing this issue.  As the House of Representatives moves forward, we will continue working on a bipartisan basis to enact much-needed reforms to immigration and education policies that will promote American competitiveness and opportunity.”

About TechNet:

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.

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