House GOP technology agenda: Stay out of the way
- By William Matthews
- Jan 23, 2000
House Republican leaders have embraced technology as one of their top three
issues for 2000. But House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) said it
is an issue that cries out for congressional inaction.
Armey, who huddled with other Republican leaders Jan. 6 to plan the
2000 legislative agenda, proclaimed technology to be "the driving engine
of the American economy" that will continue to create jobs and prosperity — as long as the government doesn't interfere.
"Technology moves so much faster than bureaucracy, it doesn't make sense
for the government to mess with something that's working," an aide to Armey
But Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) chairman of the Republicans' policy
committee, listed three technology goals for lawmakers to accomplish this
year: finish work on digital signature legislation, protect Internet commerce
from taxes and liberalize restrictions on the export of encryption software
and hardware if the Clinton administration fails to do so.
GOP candidates hit the high-tech campaign trail
George W. Bush on defense modernization
"The real goal is to move beyond marginal improvements — to replace existing
programs with new technologies and strategies. I will earmark at least
20 percent of the procurement budget for acquisition programs that propel
America generations ahead in military technology."
— Speech at The Citadel, Sept. 23, 1999
John McCain on critical infrastructure protection and defense modernization
"We need to support and accelerate technological improvements that help
make our forces smaller, more automated and easier to deploy. I have identified
nearly $20 billion that could be saved by taking such steps as eliminating
excess infrastructure [and] privatizing support and maintenance functions."
— Speech in New York City, Dec. 7, 1999
Allan Keyes on regulating the Internet
"I think it's important to understand first of all that anything we
do with respect to the Internet is going to have some limits because it
is not only a national entity, it is an international entity."
—Speaking in Manchester, N.H., Dec. 2, 1999
Steve Forbes on Internet, privacy and encryption
"We will not allow Washington to force encryption makers or users to hand
over their "keys" to unlock and read their private communications. We will
also encourage the development and widespread use of new software allowing
Internet users to block Web site operators from reading, tagging and tracking
their e-mail address."
—Speech in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 1999
Orrin Hatch on high-tech and the economy
"Long ago, it became apparent to me that intellectual property protection
for innovators is what drives our high-tech economy. There is more to be
done in this area, and I will continue to fight for policies that will
ensure that America remains the world's high-tech economic leader."
—From a statement Jan. 19, 2000