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February 19, 2017

A strong majority of Americans say Democrats should look to cooperate with President Trump to strike deals, according to the inaugural Harvard-Harris poll provided exclusively by The Hill. The survey found that 73 percent of voters want to see Democrats work with the president, against only 27 percent who said Democrats should resist Trump’s every move.

February 17, 2017

Congressman Ryan today introduced two new bills aimed at bolstering U.S. manufacturing and employment. The first of these bills, The RETAIN Act, modifies the United States Code for civilian and defense contracts by adding a preference for contractors that promise to retain jobs in the United States.

February 17, 2017

Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force Orrin Hatch on Thursday said he plans to introduce legislation to update the visa system for highly skilled immigrants. The Utah Republican said he is working on an update of his 2015 Immigration Innovation Act, or I-Squared, and plans to put forward the legislation "in the near future.”

February 16, 2017

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Senate High-Tech task force, is unveiling his "Innovation Agenda for the 115th Congress" Thursday on Capitol Hill. A release announcing the event said that topics would include spurring tech investment via tax reform, and fostering an "open Internet."

February 10, 2017

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) met this week with major tech firms including Apple and Amazon and will release an “innovation agenda” next week at a Capitol Hill event, a Republican aide confirmed to The Hill. Hatch also met with Oracle, Cisco and Qualcomm, the aide said. In the meetings, which Politico first reported on, discussion topics included intellectual property protection reform, data privacy and high-skilled immigration.

February 07, 2017

Despite surprisingly robust opposition, Betsy DeVos became U.S. secretary of education Tuesday, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The opposition was, in part, surprising because the secretary of education doesn't wield all that much power. In broad terms, education is largely a local issue. States and school districts provide most of the money and make most of the rules.

February 06, 2017

After Secretary-designate DeVos' confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Education Committee, several senators submitted additional follow-up questions to be answered before her final confirmation vote. The STEM Education Coalition compiled all the answers she provided in regards to STEM education.

January 22, 2017

The morning of Jan. 20, as one of his final acts as President of the United States, President Barack Obama signed into law bipartisan legislation to codify the Presidential Innovations Fellows (PIF) program, making permanent a pathway for government to attract experienced technology entrepreneurs and innovators to public service. The bill, H.R. 39, mirrors legislation introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), and James Lankford (R-OK).

January 22, 2017

There's been no official announcement about USPTO leadership from Trump's team, with the new president having been inaugurated earlier today. But The Hill reported yesterday that Michelle Lee, a former top lawyer at Google, will remain as USPTO director under President Trump.

November 18, 2016

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stressed to lawmakers on Tuesday that while fully autonomous cars are much further down the road, officials are working hard on cybersecurity concerns and creating a unified regulatory framework before they arrive.

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