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National Security

In today’s global economy, maintaining strong relationships with foreign nations is essential to our national economy and security.  Our foreign policy must work to increase trade, promote economic growth, and advance democratic principles while protecting the health, safety, labor, and environmental rights of all nations.

I am proud to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and its National Security Subcommittee. Through this committee, I will work with my colleagues to advance the interests of the United States.

Protecting the hard-working men and women who serve on the front lines of America’s foreign policy and defense efforts is a responsibility I take seriously.  America’s global standing and security directly affect every one of us. I’m committed to ensuring that our military and diplomatic servants have the best resources available to enhance America’s relationships with our international partners in order to successfully defend our nation’s core values, and promote the rights of people across the world.

For more information concerning my work and views on National Security issues, please contact me.

More on National Security

Sep 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the US SAFE WEB Extension Act (H.R. 4779), legislation introduced by Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), passed the Senate by a voice vote and now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Sep 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Solid Start Reporting Act (H.R. 7747) as part of the Veterans COMPACT Act (H.R. 8247).  The bipartisan Solid Start Reporting Act was introduced in July by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL).

The Solid Start Reporting Act (H.R. 7747) establishes oversight baselines for the newly created Solid Start Program, a transition program designed to contact veterans three times during the first year following their departure from the service.

Sep 22, 2020 Editorial

The United States is the global leader in artificial intelligence. We have an innovative private sector, world class universities and remain the top destination for international AI talent. However, American leadership is no longer guaranteed. In fact, Eric Schmidt and Bob Work, the chairman and vice chairman of the congressionally established National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI), wrote, “[T]he United States is in danger of losing its global leadership in AI and its innovation edge.”

Sep 16, 2020 In The News

House lawmakers are calling for a national strategy on artificial intelligence to keep the U.S. from ceding power to other countries in the rapidly developing field.

Reps. Will Hurd (R., Texas) and Robin Kelly (D., Ill.) will introduce a bipartisan resolution Wednesday outlining dozens of actions they say the U.S. must take to remain competitive in AI development. These cover areas like workforce issues and education, national security, research and development, and ethics, according to a copy of the resolution reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Sep 15, 2020 In The News

A bipartisan bill setting minimum security standards for Internet of Things devices connected to federal networks passed the House Monday. The bill now awaits a Senate floor vote before heading to the president’s desk.

The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set best practices for device security. The Office of Management and Budget would then create guidance for agencies to meet or exceed those standards.

Sep 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Robin Kelly’s (D-Ill.) and Will Hurd’s (R-Texas) cybersecurity legislation, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020, passed the House of Representatives. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require all IoT devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements. 

Sep 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) unveiled four white papers related to a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. The papers examine four key components that will greatly impact the development and implementation of AI technologies: Workforce, National Security, Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics.

The papers can be found here:

Aug 27, 2020 In The News

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas and two-time Wash100 Award winner, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., plan to introduce legislation focused on driving research into artificial intelligence and its impact on ethics, national security and the workforce, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

Hurd told attendees at a Bipartisan Policy Center virtual event that the legislation is based on approaches detailed by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.


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