Magazine article USA TODAY

Bush Finally Advocates for Info Technology

Magazine article USA TODAY

Bush Finally Advocates for Info Technology

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Pres. George W. Bush's call for Congressional action to fund American competitiveness programs, promote health information technology, address immigration reform, and tear down barriers to U.S. goods and services in foreign markets is being praised by the Information Technology Association of America, Arlington, Va. ITAA also contends that more progress is needed if the U.S. economy is to keep its edge in the global marketplace.

"These priorities all have bipartisan support, yet real progress has been slow in coming," suggests ITAA President and CEO Phil Bond. "The IT industry looks forward to working with Congress to get the job done." Because these and other critical initiatives have been lagging, Bond suggests that, "as a nation, we are practically daring the best companies and brightest minds to invent the next killer application in a foreign land."

Electronic health records and other iT solutions that Pres. Bush supports would save money and lives, the Association contends. Reforming immigration law to help ease restrictions on H-1B visas and green cards for highly-skilled tech specialists and other workers would provide a critical boost to companies in desperate need of talent. …

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