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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 PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' On The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerWhat's a party caucus chair worth? House fails to pass drug bill amid Jan. 6 tensions Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (D-Md.).

They also plan to meet with Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.), Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenHillicon Valley: Parler app risks charges of selling out with Apple return | Justices hear First Amendment clash over cheerleader's Snapchat | Google pressed to conduct racial equity audit Lawmakers introduce legislation to create civilian reserve program to fight hackers Bipartisan Senate proposal would grant million to minority businesses MORE (D-Nev.), Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations MORE (R-Neb.) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesGOP senator urges Biden to withdraw support for COVID vaccine patent waiver Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals House conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill MORE (R-Mont.). Other companies participating include Bloom Energy, Box and Silicon Valley Bank.

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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 TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal 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.

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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.