January 30, 2018

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Statement of TechNet CEO Linda Moore on the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today issued a statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.  The following statement can be attributed to Linda Moore, President and CEO of TechNet:

“In 2018, we urge the President and Congress to work together to support pro-innovation policies that will make our nation stronger, more prosperous, and more competitive.  

“We agree with the President that more needs to be done to rebuild our infrastructure, especially by extending broadband to every corner of our nation.  Congress should make funding for next-generation infrastructure a top priority.  Investing in infrastructure is something that will not only position our nation for the future, but it will also create jobs and opportunities for Americans now.

“Additionally, our nation’s education and workforce development programs need to be transformed to prepare today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow and to help adults update their skill sets for a changing economy.  Ensuring that all children have access to high-quality computer science education and reauthorizing career and technical education programs like those authorized under the Perkins Act should be achievable bipartisan goals this year.  Last year, President Trump made an important down-payment toward the goal of bringing computer science education to all U.S. classrooms with a $200 million commitment.  This number should be increased in 2018.

“Just as important, the White House and Congress must find a way to break the stalemate over immigration in a way that drives job creation, protects American workers, and reflects our values as a nation of immigrants.  This begins with finding a legislative solution for the Dreamers, but also includes reforms for our high-skilled immigration system.  Immigrants and their children founded 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and immigrant entrepreneurs have started more than half of startups valued at $1 billion or more in the U.S.  We must ensure our economy continues to benefit by having the best and brightest minds from other countries come innovate here alongside the best and brightest American minds to help create more jobs and opportunities.

“We also believe that NAFTA should be modernized with strong digital trade rules and wish the President would have made clear tonight his commitment to keep the U.S. in a new and improved NAFTA.  Walking away from NAFTA would not only be a missed opportunity to bring the deal into the 21st century, it would cost the U.S. jobs and economic growth.

“And although the President did not touch on this issue in his speech tonight, we remain committed to following through on the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, which became law last year and authorizes federal agencies to update their IT systems to the latest cloud technologies in order to boost their cybersecurity defenses and better serve American citizens.  This year, the task is simpler — to fully the fund the MGT Act so that the federal government can accelerate the transition from vulnerable legacy systems to more secure, cutting-edge technologies.  We will continue working with the White House and Congress on this important initiative.

“The simple truth is that government struggles to keep pace with business at moments of transformative technological change like the one we find ourselves in today.  We need to focus on the key policy areas that support the transformation of our economy and create new opportunities for Americans.  In doing so, we can ensure that United States remains the global innovation leader.”

About TechNet
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.

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