Rush, McMorris Rodgers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Maintain America’s Competitive Edge in Emerging Tech Economy

Aug 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTONToday, Representatives Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) introduced the bipartisan American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act (H.R. 8132) to ensure American leadership in next-generation technologies that will improve people’s lives. 

“Emerging technologies, such as quantum computing and blockchain technology, have expanded the horizons of humankind, drastically changing the way we exchange information and interact with the world around us,” said Rep. Rush. “As these technologies develop and become more prolific, it is imperative that the U.S. take the lead in appreciating both the benefits and risks associated with these technologies, and ensure that we remain competitive on the world stage. I am proud to join my colleague, Rep. McMorris Rogers, in introducing this critically needed, bipartisan legislation.” 

“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.”

NOTE: The American COMPETE Act incentivizes free-market American ingenuity by reducing regulatory and bureaucratic barriers to the development and deployment of next-gen tech. The package develops strategies to enhance U.S. competitiveness in these areas as well as ensure supply chains are secure. This package of legislation is made up of eight individual bills previously introduced, including: 

  • H.R. 6950 the Generating Artificial Intelligence Network Security (GAINS) Act (Rep. McMorris Rodgers)
  • H.R. 2644 the SMART IoT Act (Rep. Latta)
  • H.R. 6943 the Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act (Rep. Latta)
  • H.R. 6919 the Advancing Quantum Computing Act (Rep. Griffith)
  • H.R. 6939 the Advancing IoT Manufacturing Act (Rep. Hudson)
  • H.R. 6928 the Advancing 3D Printing Act (Rep. Burgess)
  • H.R. 6926 the Advancing New and Advanced Materials Act (Rep. Bucshon) 
  • H.R. 6938 the Advancing Blockchain Act (Rep. Guthrie)
  • H.R. 6937 the Countering Online Harms Act (Rep. Guthrie)