Kerry, Pryor to Co-Chair Senate Democratic High-Tech Task Force
Reaffirming Senate Democrats' commitment to the creation of U.S. jobs through innovation and technology, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today the re-launch of a caucus-wide, technology-focused working group for the 110th Congress - the Senate Democratic High-Tech Task Force. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor will serve as Co-Chairmen this Congress. The Senate Democratic High-Tech Task Force will work with high tech industries to address Democratic priorities such as: meeting the educational and training needs of the 21st Century workforce; protecting our environment; strengthening our economy, competitiveness and innovation through sustained investments; strengthening our educational systems; and enhancing our homeland security.
"I am pleased to Co-Chair the Senate Democratic High-Tech Task Force this Congress," said Kerry. "Innovation and technological advance are critical to ensuring the United States' success in the global market. The high-technology industry faces important challenges and has a number of issues before the Congress. I look forward to working with the industry to advance a pro-growth, pro-innovation agenda. I also look forward to working closely with Senator Pryor and I thank Senator Reid for his support and leadership."
"The Senate Democratic High-Tech Task Force will ensure that the relationships between Senate Democrats and the high-tech community remain strong," Reid said. "No Senator has a stronger commitment to advancing U.S. innovation and competitiveness than Senator Kerry and Senator Pryor. Through their leadership of the High-Tech Task Force and with the contributions of the talented chairmen of the relevant Senate committees, Senate Democrats will continue to work with the technology community to discuss and develop ways to advance our nation and its workers in the competitive, global marketplace."
"America should be on the forefront of emerging technologies and high tech industries. As Co-Chairman of this task force, I will seek to ensure that we have the upper hand in bringing these innovative technologies to the global market. These developments will not only provide good jobs, but also enhance our day to day lives," said Pryor.
Like Senate Democratic high-tech working groups from previous Congresses, the Senate Democratic High Tech- Task Force will serve as a forum for leaders from industry, academia, and advocacy organizations to share ideas on how to promote continued innovation and a healthy environment for technology growth and job creation.