Today Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Republican Technology Working Group, formerly the House Republican High Tech Working Group, announced that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has reorganized the Working Group for the 112th Congress.
In addition to the new name of the Working Group, Goodlatte announced the addition of two Vice Chairmen: Rep. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference and Rep. Michael McCaul, will join Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as Vice Chairmen of the House Republican Technology Working Group.
The House Republican Technology Working Group was formed in 1998 by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich and is composed of more than 40 Republican Members of Congress, including House Leadership and committee chairmen which have primary jurisdiction over a wide-array of technology issues.
"The technology industry in America is a major driving force and job-creating engine of our economy," said Rep. Goodlatte. "In order to grow our national economy we must ensure this vital sector is protected and able to flourish. The goal of the House Republican Technology Working Group is to work to pass significant legislative items that will promote U.S. economic growth, remove barriers to innovation and improve quality of life."
In the 112th Congress, the House Republican Technology Working Group intends to focus on issues that will help America maintain its competitive edge and create jobs such as cybersecurity, patent reform, free and fair trade and protecting intellectual property. An official agenda will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
"The technology sector is a prime source of innovation and job creation in America," said Speaker John Boehner. "As is the case for many industries, however, tech companies face significant challenges in the form of excessive government regulations that stifle their potential and hurt their competitiveness. This working group will play a critical role in promoting policies that help keep America at the forefront of innovation and unleash the drive and entrepreneurship of our people."
Goodlatte has long been a leader in the technology community serving as Chairman of the House Republican Technology Working Group since its formation in 1998. He also serves as the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus.