Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) together with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) introduced H.R. 6216, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020. This legislation would accelerate and coordinate Federal investments and facilitate new public-private partnerships in research, standards, and education in artificial intelligence, in order to ensure the United States leads the world in the development and use of responsible artificial intelligence systems.

“The United States must act now to cement our global leadership in artificial intelligence and ensure the development and adoption of trustworthy AI systems,” said Chairwoman Johnson. “We can accomplish this by accelerating our investments in research, development, and the education and training of an AI workforce, all governed by principles of ethics, safety, security, fairness, and transparency. That is exactly what H.R. 6216 seeks to do. I want to thank Ranking Member Lucas for joining me in the development and introduction of this important legislation and the many stakeholders who advised us during its development.”

“Artificial Intelligence is a critical tool for our nation’s continued growth and economic competitiveness,” said Ranking Member Lucas. “But we know that without a broad national strategy for advancing AI, the U.S. will lose our narrow global advantage. H.R. 6216 establishes a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative and addresses the wide range of issues we need to consider as we develop and use these technologies. It is a truly bipartisan effort with broad input from stakeholders and federal agencies, and I’m proud to join Chairwoman Johnson on this critical legislation.”

A one-pager on H.R. 6216 can be found here