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Year End: Congress slow on tech issues in '07
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 12:24

 Despite some successes, the past 12 months have been 'a record of neglect' Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte says

By Grant Gross, IDG News Service
December 18, 2007
InfoWorld

No one is calling 2007 a banner year for the technology industry in the U.S. Congress. Congress passed a handful of bills on many tech vendor and trade group wish lists, but in several cases, they represented partial victories.



"This Congress so far has a record of neglect on technology issues," said Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, whose party lost the majority in Congress in the November 2006 elections.

Goodlatte isn't an impartial observer, but members of the tech community also acknowledge that Congress has been slow to act on tech issues this year. Still, not everyone was expecting great things from a Congress that had to reorganize after the change in party control.

It's too early to judge this session of Congress, which continues through 2008, said Kevin Richards, federal government relations manager at cybersecurity vendor Symantec. "I think we have a lot of interest [from lawmakers], and this has the potential to be a tech-friendly Congress," Richards said. More    Comment in the Forums
 

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