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CEA Applauds Introduction of the SMART and STAR Act
Arlington, VA – 05/16/2012 – Following this week’s introduction of the Sustaining our Most Advanced Researchers and Technology (SMART) Jobs Act of 2012 by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and the Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century (STAR) Act by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) issued the following statement that can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs:
“It is refreshing to see Senators from both sides of the aisle introducing legislation this week that will help America keep its competitive edge. The SMART Act and the STAR Act highlight the value of strategic immigration by keeping American-educated master’s and doctorate STEM students in the United States.
America’s future competitiveness and prosperity relies on the ideas and hard work of the best and the brightest no matter where they are from. CEA has long been a proponent of strategic immigration reform. Our Innovation Movement is closely following the movement of these bills, and our 200,000 members will continue to seek Congressional support for innovation and entrepreneurialism in America.”
About the Consumer Technology Assocation

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media.

Categories:  Press Release, Public Policy & Government Affairs, CEA General  — Tags:  CEA, immigration, "Innovation Movement", Petricone, "SMART Jobs Act", "STAR Act"

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