Congress leaves tech issues on ice
- By Jennifer Jones
- Oct 24, 2000
Congress soon will hit the campaign trail, leaving behind several brewing
Among this Congress' tech-friendly accomplishments is the law President
Clinton signed last week that will increase the number of skilled technical
workers allowed into the United States under the H-1B visa program.
And earlier this month, Congress and Clinton passed the Electronic Signatures
in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign), ushering in the use of digital
But several high-profile issues have been left sitting on the table
for lawmakers returning in January:
* Internet taxation. The current ban on new taxes expires next year.
Despite efforts by the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, no political
consensus has been reached.
* Internet privacy. Consumers are worried about online security, and
some vendors are warming to the idea of new laws. Several bills are pending.
* Tech training tax break. A bill seeking credits for corporations to
build up the sagging tech workforce remains stalled.
* Research and development tax credit. The current corporate break lasts
only for a five-year period.
* Tech education initiatives. The New Millennium Classrooms Act supported
by industry would put more technical resources in schools. This bill passed
Nancy Weil, a correspondent for the IDG News Service, contributed to
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