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    Better Information Sharing = Better Data Security

    The bipartisan Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is generating a lot of questions about not only why we need an enhanced national cybersecurity information-sharing structure, but also how an improved information-sharing structure would work.  Many criticisms are built on the false premise that CISPA would put people’s personal privacy at risk.  In reality, CISPA’s main goal is to [...]
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    Four Cybersecurity Bills Critical to Citizen Protections

    Each day, seemingly, there’s another attention-grabbing news story about a threat to the U.S. national security by a rogue group or foreign government attempting to hack their way into state secrets.  Without question, the dangers from these groups are real, and have been increasing.  But the headlines fail to account for the group most threatened by cyber threats and intrusions, namely you and me.  [...]
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    No Dissent: Congress Must Fix the Immigration System

    The strangest thing happened at a hearing on immigration policy in the U.S. House of Representatives:  Everyone – members of Congress and hearing witnesses, Republicans and Democrats – agreed that America’s immigration system is broken and is costing the country jobs and investments.  (Watch the hearing archive.)  True, the focus of the hearing was on initiatives designed to reform our nation’s immigration [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Workforce
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    Immigration reform on the move

    The usual snail’s pace of Washington does not appear to apply to efforts to advance skilled immigration reform.  The past seven days have featured an important hearing on comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate and the introduction of two high-skilled immigration bills on the same day.  All of this activity, and the events that preceded it, can only mean one thing:  Real immigration reform is [...]
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    Say "Aye" to I-Squared

    As we noted in yesterday’s blog post, the bipartisan Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act has been introduced in the Senate with five Republican and five Democratic sponsors.  We appreciate the leadership of Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Chris Coons, D-Del., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Jean Shaheen, D-N.H., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., John [...]
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    Progress Toward Immigration Reform

    Our work on smart, effective immigration reform is gaining strong momentum this week thanks to bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate.  Today, eight Senators – four Republican, four Democratic – unveiled a set of principles that they believe can help to move immigration reform through the Senate.  On Tuesday, the effort gets another lift with the introduction of the Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) [...]
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    No Time Like the Present to Help our Economy

    This Friday, the House of Representatives will take up Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s “STEM Jobs Act” - legislation vital to ensure we have the skilled workforce we need now and in the future to help grow our economy and create new innovative businesses and high-skilled jobs.. Our country’s innovative potential depends on highly skilled talent, including foreign-born Masters and PhD science, technology, [...]
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    End the STEM Lockout!

    This week the National Hockey League (NHL) canceled all preseason games through September 30 due to its player lockout labor dispute.  NHL staff are being asked to take pay cuts and fewer work days as a result of decreased league revenue from the lockout.  With the potential threat of a reduced or perhaps even canceled hockey season, Washington Capital’s star Alexander Ovechkin has decided to play [...]
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