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*** House Republicans are urging President Joe Biden to increase defense spending at least 3% in the upcoming budget proposal to better compete with China and fund modernization efforts in cyber and nuclear capabilities. "We urge you to reject demands from many on the left to cut or freeze defense spending at current levels," six Republican leaders from the House Armed Services Committee wrote Biden in a letter dated March 4.

*** A bipartisan group of senators is introducing legislation designed to harness the combined strength of democratic countries to compete in technology development with China. The Democracy Technology Partnership Act, which counts Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) among its sponsors, would set up an office at the Department of State charged with fostering international cooperation on technology research and development and export control.

*** The Professional Services Council named Stephanie Kostro executive vice president for policy. Kostro joins PSC from lobbying firm O'Brien, Gentry & Scott and has public sector executive and legislative branch experience. Read more in Washington Technology.

Posted on Mar 05, 2021 at 2:34 AM


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