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November 03, 2017

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, an influential senior House member first elected to Congress in 1986, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 when his six-year stint as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology comes to an end.

October 31, 2017

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and employ almost half of the working population. Yet because of their size, they rarely have access to the same information security resources as large firms. Without significant IT departments or dedicated information security personnel, they may be more at risk of cyberattacks than large enterprises.

October 08, 2017

Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Sept. 28 reintroduced the Startup Act, which would grant more visas to immigrants in the STEM field.

October 05, 2017

A Senate panel approved bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to pave the way for driverless cars, representing the latest congressional step to address the emerging technology. After months of debate over whether to include trucks and buses in the measure, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee agreed to advance a bill that would only remove certain obstacles for getting self-driving cars on the roads.

October 03, 2017

The US Senate today announced it had reached an agreement internally concerning self-driving car technology. The Senate is expected to pass legislation on October 4th that would clear regulations and restrictions for manufacturers, in essence providing a clear path to putting driverless cars on the road.

September 25, 2017

Six years ago, Congress passed the America Invents Act to update the US patent system. As part of the Act, a new administrative body, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and procedures were created within the US Patent Office where parties could challenge and possibly overturn unmerited patents. Yet, in just a few months, the Supreme Court might reverse this nascent progress--with potentially catastrophic effects for American innovation.

September 12, 2017

Educational technology leaders have expressed mixed reactions to the education spending bill for fiscal 2018 that was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would provide an additional $50 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the section that supports STEM learning and technology in education.

September 07, 2017

The House passed a bipartisan driverless car bill on Wednesday, advancing what could become the first set of federal laws for the emerging industry. The “Self Drive Act” was unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in July, before Congress left for August recess, and passed the full House on a voice vote.

September 06, 2017

While the status of the U.S. health-care system has divided Congress, there’s one reform provision that unites a bipartisan majority of lawmakers, including Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey: Repealing the innovation-crushing medical device excise tax.

September 06, 2017

Scientists in the United States are nervously watching from the sidelines as the annual budget skirmish heats up in Congress this week. Legislators are back in Washington DC from their August recess with an urgent list of tasks to complete before the country's fiscal year closes at the end of September. In addition to passing a budget to fund the government, they must also raise the debt ceiling so that the country does not default on its loans, and discuss providing emergency-relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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