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GOP Lawmakers Craft Plan to Battle China in Emerging Tech


06.03.20

Washington, DC – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spotlight the need to stop supply chain threats and hold bad actors accountable, Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans unveiled an Emerging Tech Agenda to ensure America leads in emerging technologies that will define our future economic and national security and allow us to better compete globally. The agenda includes 15 bills introduced by E&C Republicans that help advance our nation’s efforts in technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, facial recognition technology, and more, while also boosting public-private partnerships and cutting regulations.

Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who helped announced the agenda, recently spoke with the Free Beacon about this important effort. Read more below.

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GOP Lawmakers Craft Plan to Battle China in Emerging Tech

By Adam Kredo

June 2, 2020

The United States is falling behind China when it comes to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, according to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), who told the Washington Free Beacon she is working on a package of legislative measures that would boost public-private partnerships to ensure the United States does not lose its competitive edge in these markets.

As China invests $1.4 trillion over the next five years to dominate the field of cutting-edge technologies, the United States must create its own plan to foster innovation in this area, McMorris Rodgers said. Her plan, which is garnering support among House Republicans, would increase federal research into new technologies and remove much of the bureaucratic red tape currently restraining the private sector. While the United States cannot compete by throwing money at the problem, it can eliminate many of the restrictions that have prevented the federal government from partnering with private tech startups already making inroads into these technologies.

“We will never outspend them, we will never out-subsidize these industries like the Chinese government plans to do,” McMorris Rodgers, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told the Free Beacon.

Instead, Republicans aim to level the playing field with an unprecedented legislative package comprised of 15 bills that would force the federal government to identify the areas where it is lagging behind China and work with the private sector to spur growth. This includes beefing up American investments into A.I., facial recognition technology, blockchains, quantum computing, and unmanned delivery services—all areas where China is outpacing the United States due to massive investments.

The legislative package is one of the largest and most comprehensive currently circulating on Capitol Hill. It is part of a larger push by Republican members in the House and Senate to combat China’s massive investment in cutting edge tech at a time when the world is becoming increasingly dependent on the communist regime.

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