Fostering Tech Growth & Innovation

Our nation has been responsible for some of the most important technology innovations in the last century.  We must continue to encourage and support the innovation that is at the core of this part of our economy.  By supporting policies and initiatives that create an environment friendly to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the private sector, we will remain the world’s leading innovator.

Fighting for Net Neutrality
In today’s digital age, open and equal access to the internet is not only essential to upholding our democratic principles, it is critical to healthcare, education, employment, and so much more. Tulsi Gabbard strongly supports net neutrality and has co-sponsored legislation like H.R. 196, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2015, which would prohibit multi-tiered pricing agreements between ISPs and content providers. The Internet must continue to be free, open, and equally accessible to all, not just for a privileged few.

“The Internet must continue to be open and equally accessible to all, not just for a privileged few.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Protecting Privacy in the Age of Technology
Over the past three decades, technology and innovation have dramatically redefined the way we live. Yet our laws governing online privacy have stayed stagnant. As a founding member of the recently launched Fourth Amendment Caucus, Tulsi is working to ensure that the Fourth Amendment rights granted to each and every American under our Constitution keep up with the rapid expansion of technology in today’s digital age. She has strongly supported legislation like the Email Privacy Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act to make much needed and long overdue updates to our online privacy laws. 

Promoting STEAM Opportunities 
Science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEM) knowledge and skills are critical to today's competitive, globalized economy. To maximize growth in our economy, we need to strengthen STEAM education programs in our schools, attract the best and brightest to the United States, improve entrepreneurs’ and small business access to capital, and pass smart reforms to our unnecessarily complicated tax system and patent process. As co-chair of the bipartisan Diversifying Tech Caucus, Tulsi is working to ensure those who are underrepresented in the technology sector, like women, minorities and veterans—have the opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills and meet the demands of the 21st century economy.  

 

More on Fostering Tech Growth & Innovation

April 27, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below on H.R. 699, The Email Privacy Act, which passed unanimously in the House of Representatives today. The Congresswoman is an original cosponsor of the bill.
 
April 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act: 

December 19, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the statement below following her votes in favor of the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus spending and tax extender legislative packages. The tax extender package passed with a vote of 318-109.  The omnibus funding legislation passed with a vote of 316-113.  Both were considered as amendments to H.R. 2029, which the Senate then took up and passed by a vote of 65-33. The President signed the legislation into law shortly afterward.
 
July 9, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted to pass the bipartisan House-Senate agreement on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 (H.R. 803), which modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs and helps workers gain 21st century job skills.
 

June 6, 2014 Press Release

Honolulu — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced the winners of the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” She congratulated first-place winner Tiger Oakes from Hawaiʻi Island (left) and runner-up Christopher Kim from Maui (right) for the innovative phone and tablet applications – or “apps” – they created to participate in the district-wide competition, which included submissions from across the state.

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