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TI backs immigration reform petitions

Posted: 19 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:immigration reform? R&D? patent reform?

Texas Instruments Inc. almost spent $2.8 million last year to lobby for immigration reform, funding for research and other issues, according to an Associated Press report.

A disclosure posted online Feb. 12 by the Senate's public records office stated that the company spent about $1.5 million in 2H 07 to lobby the federal government. TI lobbied the Congress, the White House, the International Trade Commission and Trade Representative's office on patent reform, health technology, more funding for research and tariff issues related to semiconductor products.

The Dallas-based company also lobbied for immigration reform to allow increased access to highly skilled foreign professionals, more funding for U.S. math and science education programs and permanently extend tax credits for R&D.

Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates last week told a congressional committee that education and immigration reforms are a must.

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