PolitiHacks Digest – 24 June 2013 – Immigration bill enters the Senate end game

These folks want your support:


  1. StopWatching.us—Oppose government surveillance of us?
  2. Support Sen. Moran’s startup visa amendment

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Political issues affecting startups: 


Open Internet and Privacy

What to know:

  1. StopWatching.us petition crosses 400k signees
  2. EFF calls for new Church Committee to address government overreach on surveillance programs
  3. Minority Leader Pelosi distributes comparison spreadsheet on post-PATRIOT Act surveillance
  4. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew meets with Chamber of Commerce on cybersecurity—they played leading role in defeating the Senate’s version of CISPA last year
  5. Aaron’s Law introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to reform Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the bill has support from both Republicans and Democrats but needs support from currently-noncommital Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), as Chair of the Judiciary Committee, to move forward

People to Watch:

  1. Reps. Conyers (D-MI) and Amash (R-MI)—introduced LIBERT-E Act to curtail NSA surveillance programs, with 32 cosponsors
  2. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)—support or non-opposition is needed for Aaron’s Law to make any progress in the House
Immigration
What to Know:

  1. Final Senate vote expected on comprehensive immigration bill on Wednesday or Thursday, with 70 votes+ in support
  2. Vote on substitution amendment to implement Corker-Hoeven border security agreement—expected to bring in confirmed support of 10-15 Republican senators
  3. Negotiations continue on bringing Moran Startup Visa amendment to a vote
  4. Immigration Voice backs amendment from Sen. Warren (D-MA) to reduce visa backlogs, increase job flexibility
  5. Markup expected Wednesday or Thursday in House Judiciary Committee onhigh-skilled immigration bill proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

People to Watch:

  1. Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND)—border security proposalopens door to significant Republican support on immigration reform
  2. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader—setting schedule on amendment votes
  3. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA)—lead Senate Judiciary Committee members, primary negotiators on approving amendments for votes
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