Last week's negotiations in the Senate on comprehensive immigration reform included issues critical to the high tech industry, especially work on an amendment that would address serious employment-based green card and H-1B visa shortages.

The Senate is too close to halt this process. The highly skilled labor problem has reached a crisis level for the high tech industry and must be addressed now.

At stake in this debate is the ability of American companies to compete for the world's leading scientists and engineers.  The efforts of Senators Cantwell (D-Wash.), Kyl (R-Ariz.), Cornyn (R-Texas) and Specter (R-Pa.) represent real progress for the high tech industry.  Their bipartisan work could provide the necessary tools to help maintain our competitive and technological edge in an increasingly competitive global economy.