Congress set to debate tech issues


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Analysts expect a divided Congress to tackle targeted cybersecurity and other tech-related bills this year.

Though the new Congress comes in with plans to focus on the budget and social issues, analysts expect that legislators will also take on key technology concerns, albeit with scaled-back legislation.

The session of Congress that started this month finds Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans holding a majority in the House of Representatives -- a situation that is expected to make for a contentious period leading up to next year's elections. But analysts say that some tech topics haven't faced partisan debate in recent years and thus agreements could be reached on select pieces of legislation.

Congress should have a window of six to eight months to tackle some key tech issues before lawmakers' attention turns to the 2012 election cycle, said Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Washington-based Information Technology Industry Council, a technology trade group.

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