This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: High-skilled immigration on hearing agenda

Editor’s note: This post was republished with permission from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Policy Dialogue blog.

While the country weighs privacy vs. security this week through the lens of the Apple-FBI debate being played out in the media, there aren’t a rash of related hearings on Capitol Hill this week – but you can bet that it won’t be long. In the meantime, there are still a number of hearings over the next several days that are of interest.

In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee tackles high-skilled immigration and its impact on U.S. workers – one of the key issues outlined last week in the Kauffman Foundation’s New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda. Meanwhile, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee explore recent changes to the U.S. patent system and the impact they have had on small businesses.

In the House, the Judiciary Committee looks at “cross border data flow and law enforcement requests” as well as a separate hearing on the impact of federal regulations on startups. Meanwhile, the Energy and Commerce Committee review 3D printing and its impacts on job creation and economic growth.

Other topics covered by committee hearings this week include: the global tax environment, spectrum security and more.


Triple Threat to Workers and Households: Impacts of Federal Regulations on Jobs, Wages and Startups
House Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
2141 Rayburn HOB
Wednesday, Feb. 24
3:00 pm

Global Tax Environment for 2016 & Implications for International Tax Reform
House Committee on Ways and Means
1100 Longworth HOB
Wednesday, Feb. 24
10:00 am

Establishing Accountability at the World Intellectual Property Organization: Illicit Technology Transfers, Whistleblowing, and Reform
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & Int’l Organizations
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
2172 Rayburn HOB
Wednesday, Feb. 24
2:00 pm

Full Spectrum Security Challenges in Europe and their Effects on Deterrence and Defense
House Committee on Armed Services
2118 Rayburn HOB
Thursday, Feb. 25
10:00 am

International Conflicts of Law Concerning Cross Border Data Flow and Law Enforcement Requests
House Committee on the Judiciary
2141 Rayburn HOB
Thursday, Feb. 25
10:00 am

Hotline Truths: Issues Raised by Recent Audits of Defense Contracting
House Committee on Small Business
Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce
2360 Rayburn HOB
Thursday, Feb. 25
10:00 am

Emerging Cyber Threats to the United States
House Committee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Security Technologies
311 Cannon HOB
Thursday, Feb. 25
2:00 pm

Disrupter Series: 3D Printing
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
2123 Rayburn
Friday, Feb. 26
10:00 am


The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest
226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Thursday, Feb. 25
2:30 pm

An Examination of Changes to the U.S. Patent System & Impacts on America’s Small Businesses
Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
428A Russell Senate Office Building
Thursday, Feb. 25
10:00 am

Mark Marich, executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week | Courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadership on several national initiatives and more than 100 public forums covering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurial growth and economic development, health care, renewable energy, telecommunications, regulatory reform and workforce development.

He is a regular contributor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s blogs, which are syndicated by Missouri Business Alert.

Find Marich on Twitter: @markmarich.

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