CEA Opposes Government Travel Regulations
The Consumer Electronics Association, which has traditionally hosted numerous members of Congress and other elected officials at International CES, has come out against a proposed federal regulation that CEA says would restrict travel to such events by government employees.
The regulation, being considered by the Office of Government Ethics, is titled "Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch; Proposed Amendments Limiting Gifts From Registered Lobbyists and Lobbying Organizations."
"As we increasingly restrict the ability of government employees to participate in these events we hurt smaller U.S. companies that rely on trade shows to display their wares. If we want to increase our exports, we need government to view these events as part of our national strategy to encourage jobs and exports," CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement issued by CEA.