Giffords seeks balanced export controls

Our nations export controls were supposed to help strengthen our national security, by protecting Americas sensitive technologies from falling into the wrong hands, said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). However, in recent years there has been a growing chorus of concern that the current system of export controls is undermining our nations competitiveness in the global economy, undermining our science and technology enterprise, and weakening our national securitynot strengthening it.

Export control is not a subject that Americans discuss around the dinner table, but it does affect every one of us, said Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). It is essential that we develop balanced policies that will not unduly constrain American companies in the global marketplace, but still protect our most sensitive technologies from falling into the hands of potential enemies.

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