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Lawmakers return to Washington this week and it’s going to be a busy one on the House side. Most eyes will be on actions related to the immigration reform debate where Republican leadership in the House have said that the comprehensive bill passed by the Senate is a nonstarter. And although there aren’t any committee hearings this week on the issue, there is a full slate of hearings on other topics, including: the impact of competitiveness on entrepreneurs, state strategies for small business growth, regulatory reform, experiential education, capital formation, the delay of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act and more.
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.
A collection of 100 CEOs from prominent companies have come together to voice their concern about sluggish progress in the U.S. in the STEM education fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and where that leaves the country in terms of national competitiveness. The compilation includes essays and insight from tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Eric Schmidt of Google as well as leaders from a vast array of corporate giants like Cisco, Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly and Lockheed Martin.
duled for the week ahead as members of Congress left Washington this past weekend for the annual Fourth of July recess. Each recess is typically met with at least a couple of media stories about how it is ill-timed or even undeserved vacation. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s a vacation. Last week, Roll Call, the pre-eminent publication for Capitol Hill and everyone who follows it closely, highlighted some findings from a Congressional Management Foundation survey about members’ work habits and how they spend time on recess.
Female entrepreneurs in the United States benefit from more than just their own personal strengths and aspirations—they also benefit from an environment that is more open to women-led startups than any other country in the world. A new index released last month in Turkey at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference compared 17 countries across 30 indicators that foster high-potential entrepreneurship. For those hoping for a silver bullet issue to focus policy efforts, there isn’t one.
It is going to be a busy week in Washington, especially on the House side. The House Judiciary Committee has two days devoted to markup of a couple pieces of legislation – H.R. 1772 (the Legal Workforce Act) and H.R. 2131 (the Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act) – that focus on tighter employment verification and expanding H1-B visas. Of particular interest to those in the startup space might be the House Small Business Committee hearing on how mobile medical app entrepreneurs are changing the future of health care. Meanwhile, the Joint Economic Committee examines “smarter regulations.” Other topics include: impact of Obamacare on U.S. businesses, energy jobs, wireless technology and the history of minimum wage.
Spending a few days in Moscow last week where I spoke at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance Summit, I found a dynamic and outward facing city with startup communities as vibrant as any in Europe. I check on things in Russia on the eve of this Thursday’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and on the heels of an announcement yesterday that Russia will convene the next Global Entrepreneurship Congress (March 17-20, 2014) only a few yards from the entrance to the Kremlin in the historic Moscow Manege.
If you thought the immigration debate in Congress was going to be smooth sailing, a markup this week in the House Judiciary Committee promises a choppier course. Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has scheduled a markup for the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act—a strict enforcement bill that could change the tenor of discussions. Other topics slated to be covered in hearings this week include: advanced manufacturing, energy priorities and opportunities for small business, STEM education, reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, health costs and economic recovery in Zimbabwe.
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