Shapiro Sees Movement on Trade, Spectrum
NEW YORK- Speaking at the CES Press Preview in New York Tuesday, CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro discussed the recent election as well as CEA's hopes for its priorities in the upcoming Congress.
Shapiro's prediction for next year's new Congress, which will include a Republican-controlled House and Democratic-majority Senate, is that "nothing bad will happen." He meant specifically the proposed cap-and-trade energy regulation regime, which he believes is dead, as well as new corporate taxes.
He did, however, see the possibility of some action on two of CEA's biggest priorities: the ratification of stalled free trade agreements and an expansion of spectrum, while acknowledging that another CEA goal, a national recycling policy, will be more difficult to pass with a GOP House majority. Shapiro also predicted that the radio broadcasters' proposal to mandate FM radio chips in electronics devices- a mandate strongly opposed by CEA- will fail to pass, at least in the upcoming lame duck session of Congress.