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Manufacturing innovation is key to boosting growth

Some pundits argue that American manufacturing is rebounding and returning to our shores. Others contend that manufacturing doesn’t matter anymore so we should not even focus on the sector.

Bill would reserve visas for math, science doctorates

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) has introduced a bill that would create a new employment-based visa for people who have completed math and science doctorate degrees in the United States.

Energy efficiency bill would generate savings, innovations

Thanks to steady investments in energy efficiency research and incentives proposed by Senate Bill 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, the new generation of energy innovations might be as sophisticated as paint-on solar cells.

House panel passes bill to delay administration's Internet shift

The House Commerce subcommittee on Technology voted Thursday to halt the Obama administration’s plan to relinquish U.S. oversight of the Internet’s Web address system.

Senate Democrats press Obama to give Keystone the green light soon

A group of Senate Democrats is urging President Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of next month, saying the process "has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify."

House panel advances bill to expedite gas exports

The bill, proposed by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) would clear up pending applications for export facilities in the U.S., which would send natural gas to Ukraine and Eastern European countries.

Proposed STEM designation would offer new funding options

A bill that would create a new equivalence designation for community or chartered nonpublic schools that meet STEM requirements would open an avenue for additional funding.

Friction tests patent reform push

The tech industry is making an aggressive push to get patent reform across the finish line as senators haggle over the details of the legislation.

The House Budget Resolution and R&D Funding

Echoing past years, the proposed FY 2015 House budget resolution emphasizes defense spending, and would likely result in steep cuts to nondefense research.

Finance votes to restore wind tax credit

The Senate Finance Committee approved Thursday a package of tax break extensions that restores the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, which expired in 2013.

Republicans push for answers on feared Internet takeover

Republicans in the House and Senate wants answers from the Obama administration about whether a recent Commerce Department decision will threaten the open Internet.

King calls for investment in American manufacturing

Yesterday, on the floor of the United States Senate, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, called for a greater investment in American manufacturing and, to that end, announced his support for bipartisan legislation that would help jumpstart innovation and promote manufacturing in Maine and the country.

Stopping Bad Legislation -- The Innovation Alliance Speaks Out

On the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up S. 1720 (The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act), the Innovation Alliance delivered a letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley concerning the committee's legislative efforts.

High court skeptical of software patents

The Supreme Court on Monday seemed willing to strike down contested software patents in a case that could set intellectual property precedent for years to come.

Pursuing Technology Superiority in a Changing Security Environment

Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities. (Witness statements)

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