Some observers in the tech community hope that a change in the congressional majority will mean more action on a variety of issues. Last week, trade group the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), while issuing a congressional report card , called Congress "slow-moving" on tech-related issues the past two years.
Cybertrust, a cybersecurity software and service vendor in Virginia, noted that lawmakers during the past two years introduced more than a dozen bills requiring companies with data breaches to notify affected consumers, but none of the bills passed. With new congressional leaders in place, Congress should be able to focus on domestic issues such as identity theft, Cybertrust said by e-mail.
Most tech leaders hesitate to criticize Republicans in Congress, but also say they can work with Democrats who would gain influence if they win the majority.
The technology industry "fared pretty badly" under the Republican Congress, said one tech lobbyist who asked not to be identified. "We couldn't get them to act," the lobbyist said. "When some people have pointed to problems [if the Democrats take the majority], I see benefits."
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 Senate seats are on the ballot on Tuesday, and Democrats expect gains in both chambers.