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Today, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. vacated the unprecedented break-up order of Microsoft handed down by the District Court last June. This is a victory for creativity, for competition, for consumers, and for the U.S. hi-tech industry.

In a clear voice and by a unanimous decision, the court found that the lower court's remedy to break up Microsoft was fundamentally unfair and unfounded. This was the right decision.

For years, I have contended that Microsoft would prevail because the government's attorneys failed to prove Microsoft's actions harmed consumers. We should be working to extend the benefits of technology to every American, not trying to cripple a major technology company.

The United States is a world leader in the development and implementation of high technology, in part because of the consumer-friendly products Microsoft has brought to the marketplace. For the past twenty-five years, no company has done more for consumers and our national economy than Microsoft.

It is now time for the Bush Administration to settle the case. Throughout the campaign, President Bush said he preferred innovation to litigation. I hope he will honor that commitment.

Microsoft is a vital part of our community, the technology industry, and the American economy. Microsoft's employees are dedicated, hardworking, and committed members of our community. I hope, for their sake, that we can soon bring this case to a close.