With the 112th Congress now in full swing, committee assignments have been made and final leadership decisions are underway. As the final selection time approaches, Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) has received two more major endorsements in support of his pursuit of the Ranking Member post on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications, Technology, and Internet Subcommittee.
Early in the week, Communications Daily reported that Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) “took himself out of the running for ranking member…clearing the way for Rep. Bobby Rush.” Though senior to Rush, Rep. Towns chose to support his long-time colleague and fellow Congressional Black Caucus member in his bid for the prestigious post.
Congressman Rush received an additional outpouring of support from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a 2,500-member Illinois-based national trade association that delivered a letter of support to Leader Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman urging their support of Rush’s bid to serve as Ranking Member.
ComptTIA, represents a diverse array of leading Internet and technology-based companies that operate at the forefront of economic development, job creation and IT innovation throughout the United States and in key international markets.
In his letter, CompTIA’s CEO, Todd Thibodeaux, said of Rush, “He has served on the Energy and Commerce Committee for 15 years and, thus, he has a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the IT marketplace. His experience working on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and numerous other IT focused legislation demonstrates Representative Rush’s ability to work across party lines and among divergent stakeholders. He has shown himself to have expert knowledge on the issues and an even-handed and measured approach.
“As an IT trade association we understand how difficult it is for IT companies to stay competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace for new products and services. We also have a keen understanding of the policy decisions that are needed in order to spur new IT jobs for our economy. We look to the CTI Subcommittee as a key venue to fairly hear and act on the concerns of the industry and work with us to craft legislative solutions when needed.
“For all these reasons, we urge you to support Congressman Rush’s candidacy for Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet…we are confident that if he is elected to this very important role he will serve with distinction with a focus on protecting consumer interests while also looking for opportunities to spur technological innovation and competition in the IT marketplace.”