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Tech Industry Looks For Action After State of the Union

January 25, 2012

Several tech industry organizations cited Tuesday's State of the Union as they reminded President Obama that technology companies can play a unique role in an economic recovery.

"The tech industry has been a consistent investor in this country -- on average each technology industry job supports three jobs in other sectors of the U.S. economy -- and now we're looking for cooperation and certainty from Washington to help us continue to be the world's leader," said Dan Varroney, acting president of TechAmerica. "[Tuesday's] speech held a lot of promise. What we need now is follow through."

During his speech, Obama outlined proposals for returning manufacturing jobs to the United States, and touched on other issues promoted by the tech lobby, including tax reform, education, and immigration.

But tech companies say they want to see more than just promises.

"We have a long way to go to revitalize this critical sector. What matters now is matching words with action," the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said in a statement.

More on reaction to the speech from the tech industry and members of Congress can be found here.

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