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Bipartisan Legislation Pack Promotes Emerging Tech in U.S.; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Quoted

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Bobby Rush, D-Ill., have presented a legislation package that aims to sustain technological advancement in the U.S. economy.

The American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) bill would reduce barriers that hinder emerging technology development, McMorris Rodgers' office said Monday.

“To maintain our global competitive edge, win the future and beat China, it’s crucial that the U.S. lead on artificial intelligence, quantum computing, the internet of things and other emerging technologies,” McMorris Rodgers said.

The legislation package features bills, including ones that have already been introduced, that focus on various emerging technologies such as blockchain, unmanned delivery services, AI network security and 3D printing.

These bills include the SMART IoT Act, the Countering Online Harms Act and the Advancing IoT Manufacturing Act.

 Potomac Officers Club (POC) hosted its latest virtual event, Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment, featuring a keynote address from Michael Mestrovich, principal deputy chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of State, and a full expert panel to discuss how federal agencies can adapt and evolve quickly in a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure global accessibility and connectivity of our information technology capabilities are available.

If you missed the event, you can still register to watch the footage in Potomac Officers Club’s Event Archive.