Former Congresswoman on Actions US Should Take to Respond to China’s Tech Policies



INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.

Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Barbara Comstock.

On a recent Price of Business show, Kevin Price visited with former Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock on which she began her series on the relationship between tech and government. Comstock was on the show in September and will now be making regular visits on the program.

China is taking steps to increase its global influence over the next 5 years by increasing spending in R&D and focusing on technological breakthroughs. While the U.S. has made impressive technological gains and innovations, China is not far behind. Lawmakers should not take America’s lead in the tech race for granted, but unfortunately some lawmakers are focused on taking a chainsaw to the companies leading in American innovation.

 

For example, House judiciary antitrust subcommittee chair David Cicilline is authoring legislation that he’s calling a “Glass-Steagall for the internet.”

  • The proposal would prevent tech companies like Amazon and Apple from selling their own goods and services on the companies’ platforms, and it would hurt consumers
  • Republicans should be wary of how this approach could be used to dismantle America’s free market and pave a way for a stronger China.
  • U.S. tech companies like FB, Alphabet, Amazon and Apple are our greatest assets in the U.S.-China tech race.
  • If enacted, a “Glass-Steagall for the Internet” approach will put American tech companies’ R&D spending at risk.
  • A recent report found that U.S. software and computer services firms still spent three times more on R&D than China and the European Union did combined in 2019.

After the interview the Congresswoman suggested following Springboardccia on Twitter.

According to a statement:

“Antitrust law protects American consumers from low-quality goods and services, but Google’s products are highly innovative and free for everyone. The Justice Department’s misguided lawsuit stretches antitrust law beyond its breaking point and risks breaking the very products that Americans love and use every day.”

Barbara represented Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, was a senior appointee in the Justice Department, and worked as a Congressional aide. Her election marked her as the first woman elected to that seat. She was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers” in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

According to a statement from Ms. Comstock, “During her time in Congress, Barbara was a leader on technology and cybersecurity issues, chairing the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology subcommittee, as well as serving on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Her legislative achievements include passing legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM, as well as expanding research in the technology space. Barbara also was the leader on anti-sexual harassment legislation in Congress, and legislation to tackle the opioid crisis and gang crime. She partnered with Senator McCain to reauthorize multi-year firefighter grants to increase innovation and public safety. While in Congress, Barbara was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to chair a subcommittee.”

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