Barbara Comstock on Sweeping Legislation to Deal with China Problems

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Barbara Comstock.

Price and Comstock discuss the US Innovation and Competition Act.

The Senate is poised to pass (as early as today) the US Innovation and Competition Act a sweeping bill that will counter China’s growing manufacturing and economic influence.

Some key points:

-Bill represents one of the rare moments of bipartisanship. President Biden has expressed support for the bill, which was originally introduced by Sen. Schumer (D-NY) and Todd Young (R-IN).

-Package authorizes $190 billion for measures including increased federal R&D spending.

UPDATE: This conversation took place on the morning of June 8, 2021. The Senate passed the bill later in that afternoon. 


According to a statement:

“Antitrust law protects American consumers from low-quality goods and services, but Google’s products are highly innovative and free for everyone. The Justice Department’s misguided lawsuit stretches antitrust law beyond its breaking point and risks breaking the very products that Americans love and use every day.”

Barbara represented Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, was a senior appointee in the Justice Department, and worked as a Congressional aide. Her election marked her as the first woman elected to that seat. She was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers” in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

According to a statement from Ms. Comstock, “During her time in Congress, Barbara was a leader on technology and cybersecurity issues, chairing the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology subcommittee, as well as serving on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Her legislative achievements include passing legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM, as well as expanding research in the technology space. Barbara also was the leader on anti-sexual harassment legislation in Congress, and legislation to tackle the opioid crisis and gang crime. She partnered with Senator McCain to reauthorize multi-year firefighter grants to increase innovation and public safety. While in Congress, Barbara was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to chair a subcommittee.”

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