Google, Apple, eBay to meet virtually with lawmakers for tech group's annual fly-in

Google, Apple, eBay to meet virtually with lawmakers for tech group's annual fly-in
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TechNet, a trade group consisting of tech executives, will hold its virtual fly-in this week to connect its members like Google, Apple, eBay, DoorDash and Nasdaq, with lawmakers.

The fly-in will take place Wednesday through Friday and members are slated to meet virtually with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court upholds ruling invalidating Dakota Access, but doesn't shut down pipeline | Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency | Biden seeks to bolster consultation with Indian Country MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFormer lawmakers call on leadership to focus on unity Cheney spokesperson on Gaetz: 'In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up' Biden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.).

They also plan to meet with Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: 'We have precedent' MORE (D-Minn.), Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenSenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee House Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE (D-Nev.), Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Push for ,000 stimulus checks hits Senate buzzsaw Overnight Energy: Biden makes historic pick with Haaland for Interior | Biden set to tap North Carolina official to lead EPA | Gina McCarthy forges new path as White House climate lead MORE (R-Neb.) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone Biden recommits US to Paris climate accord MORE (R-Mont.). Other companies participating include Bloom Energy, Box and Silicon Valley Bank.


The virtual meetings will cover TechNet’s lobbying priorities like freeing up capital for startups to remain solvent during the coronavirus pandemic, immigration and expanding opportunities, especially for women and people of color, through STEM education.

TechNet was part of a group of top business leaders who filed a lawsuit in July against the administration over newly issued limits on work visas following President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE’s move to suspend the issuance of H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas through the end of 2020.

“As we adjust to the ‘new normal,’ it is imperative that we enact policies that support startups all across our country.  They are the drivers of innovation, economic growth, and job creation,” John Chambers, TechNet co-founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, told The Hill in a statement. 

Other lobbying priorities include a comprehensive, targeted investment in emerging technologies to cement U.S. global leadership and digital trust in the age of innovation.

The companies will call on Congress to ensure the protection of consumer data by creating a uniform, federal privacy regime that empowers consumers, improves security requirements and enhances transparency.


The fly-in comes as the Department of Justice reportedly plans to file antitrust charges against Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, this month. The investigation into the company began in June 2019 but the timing to file charges is controversial with the upcoming election.

The virtual meeting will also cover topics like "Tech Rises to the Occasion on COVID-19," which touts companies’ work to provide access to supercomputers to speed discovery of treatments and a vaccine, provide tele-learning platforms for free to teachers and families and launch initiatives to train people on digital skills.

“The tech industry has worked to meet the challenges 2020 has presented and has done so dedicated to improving the lives of our people and our country. Now, as we look towards the future, the technology industry is ready to help build a more vibrant, resilient, and equitable American economy. That is what we are discussing with policymakers this week,” Linda Moore, CEO of TechNet, told The Hill.