A Call for the 113th Congress to Support an Innovation Agenda


While the 113th Congress addresses hot-button issues like gun control, comprehensive immigration reform, sequester spending cuts and the federal budget, a critical issue that greatly impacts our economy and global competitiveness is being overlooked—innovation. Washington’s approach to innovation policy has been fragmented and detached from other prevalent issues, which led CONNECT to develop an innovation agenda for the 113th Congress.

Other countries are rapidly and aggressively closing the gap on the U.S. position as the global innovation leader. Now is the time for Washington to act if the U.S. is to secure its leading position, and maintain a climate favorable for companies, entrepreneurs, and academic and research institutions to lead the world in invention and discovery.

As a nonprofit industry group supporting technology innovation and entrepreneurship, CONNECT is asking Congress and the Obama Administration to make innovation a key part of our national agenda—and to advance and enact the following 11 specific policy ideas:

Retain top-level, foreign-born talent from American universities while welcoming immigrant entrepreneurs. High-skilled and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) visa reform made substantial bipartisan progress in the last Congress and should remain a top and urgent priority for the 113th Congress as part of comprehensive immigration reform.

Provide entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors economic certainty by reaching a grand deal to reduce federal deficits and restrain the national debt. Innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and the American people, are ready for Congress and the White House to get serious about reaching an agreement that not only injects certainty into the markets and economy, but also demonstrates to … Next Page »

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Duane J. Roth was Chief Executive Officer and board member of CONNECT, the San Diego nonprofit organization that fosters entrepreneurship by catalyzing, accelerating, and supporting technology and life sciences innovation. He founded Alliance Pharmaceutical, and was a longtime life sciences industry executive. Follow @

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One response to “A Call for the 113th Congress to Support an Innovation Agenda”

  1. Angela Cummings says:

    Thank you Duane–great piece! I agree and feel strongly about the need for Innovation Impact Statements and the overall reciprocal interaction between start-ups and government entities.