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WTAS: America must COMPETE – and win – in emerging technologies


Washington, DC – Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan bill that aims to ensure U.S. leadership in emerging technologies. The American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act (H.R. 8132) would work to accelerate the development and deployment of these technologies to strengthen U.S. competitiveness, bolster our economy and national security, and help us win the technological race against China.

This bill includes several measures from E&C Republicans’ emerging tech agenda and will be considered at next week’s Energy and Commerce Committee full committee markup.

Here’s what E&C Republicans are saying about the bipartisan American COMPETE Act.

Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

“To maintain our global competitive edge, win the future, and beat China, it’s crucial that the U.S. lead on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Quantum Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging technologies,” said McMorris Rodgers. “As we have seen in past global crises and in recent months, the Chinese Communist Party will do whatever it takes to get ahead by stealing, cheating, and subsidizing their State-Owned Enterprises. We cannot out subsidize China or beat them at their own game, nor should we. Thank you to Rep. Rush for joining me in introducing this legislation to ensure America continues to lead the world when it comes to emerging technologies.”

Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that technologies are not just a tool – they’re a lifeline, and we’ll only rely more on technologies in the future. Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, and more will directly impact our economy, national security, and way of life as we know it. The time for the U.S. to lead is now,” said Walden. “I applaud Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Rush for leading this bipartisan effort to ensure the U.S. wins the technological race against China. I also thank my fellow E&C Republican colleagues for leading several of the measures included in this bipartisan bill, and look forward to supporting the COMPETE Act in next week’s full committee markup.”

Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH)

“Technologies that have the potential to revolutionize the way we live and work are no longer just figments of our imaginations, they are already at work in our communities and changing the way we interact with one another. As Americans continue to innovate, Congress needs to do their part to ensure our laws can keep pace. When we can come together in a bipartisan fashion to pass legislation that supports ingenuity, American lives change for the better. I’m encouraged our Committee will consider the COMPETE Act next week, and hope we can approve of this legislation swiftly so that it can be considered before the full House of Representatives for a vote,” said Latta.

Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)

“This pandemic has shown how the future for America is driven by new and cutting-edge technologies. It is important that American innovation is at the forefront as these emerging technologies are developed. We have experienced tremendous benefits of advancements in 3D printing that have been able to quickly produce much needed resources for those on the front lines. The American COMPETE Act, which includes my Advancing 3D Printing Act, will help provide valuable assessments to ensure America is able to maintain our national and economic security as other countries like China work to undermine us. This legislation builds on the work that Energy and Commerce Committee did during the 114th Congress to help our nation foster innovation, secure supply chains, and protect American consumers,” said Burgess.

Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI)

“America leads – that’s what we’ve always done and will always do. As new technologies emerge, American global leadership will once again be depended on, and it’s crucial we meet the challenge. The bipartisan COMPETE Act will allow us to do just that. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation to ensure the United States remains competitive and a leader in next-gen technologies,” said Upton.

Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN)

“Indiana is home to more than 540,000 manufacturing jobs – contributing more than $102 billion to the gross state product. As technology continues to advance, it is important that we support the development and use of new and advanced materials in the United States to improve our competitiveness in the global marketplace, which will support our economy and national security,” said Bucshon.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)

“America is home to the world’s greatest innovators who’ll win every time on a level playing field. We must ensure law and government regulation are not roadblocks to American ingenuity. At the same time we cannot allow China’s underhanded tactics to steal our ideas and emerging technologies.  The COMPETE Act would accomplish these important tasks and should be brought to the floor as soon as possible,” said Carter.

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT)

“The bipartisan COMPETE Act will allow the U.S. to continue leading the world in technological advancement. We already have the talented workforce to remain competitive, but we must streamline regulations and ensure security,” Gianforte said. “I look forward to seeing this package in the upcoming markup and passing it out of committee.”

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

“I am very excited to be an original cosponsor of the American COMPETE Act. Technological innovation holds the key to a more prosperous, more productive, and safer future, and the United States needs to lead the way,” said Griffith.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

“The United States has always been a leader in technology – and we need to keep it that way. I was proud to cosponsor the COMPETE Act, a broad, bipartisan package that will ensure that American technology advances and remains competitive. The COMPETE Act includes two of my bills, the Advancing Blockchain Act to continue our work in blockchain and the Countering Online Harms Act to protect Americans from misinformation and dangerous content. I commend Leader McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Rush for introducing this package, and look forward to working with my colleagues to pass it in committee and in the House,” said Guthrie.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)

“I sponsored the Advancing IoT Manufacturing Act to support U.S. manufacturing and protect America’s supply chains for critical industries. This legislation and the entire COMPETE Act will help ensure American competitiveness and innovation in the 21st Century. I look forward to advancing this common sense legislation,” said Hudson.

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