Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro gave a virtual hug to the new Congress, then asked the old one for a parting gift even while slamming the Senate for inaction.
In a statement on the midterm election, where Republicans picked up House seats and the Senate majority, Shapiro said consumer electronics companies were ready to "embrace the incoming Congress with a renewed optimism."
And while Shapiro gave a shoutout to the winners, he had some tough talk as well. "While we congratulate the Republican Party on its victory in the Senate, we also urge GOP leaders to commit to changing the stifling, partisan atmosphere that has plagued the Senate with inaction – and the appearance of indifference."
Shapiro's request of the lame duck Congress — specifically the Senate — was to take up and pass a House-passed bill restricting so-called "patent trolls," saying that "trial lawyers' campaign contributions are less important than American jobs and innovation."
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.