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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 25, 2020 In The News

The U.S. House and Senate have both agreed to extend an international cybersecurity program through 2027.

The bill reauthorizing the Undertaking Spam, Spyware and Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers Beyond Borders Act was sponsored by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Robin Kelly, a Democrat from Illinois. The legislation was passed by voice vote in both chambers, a procedure usually reserved for noncontroversial pieces of legislation.

Sep 25, 2020 In The News

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., want to see their resolution to create a national artificial intelligence strategy passed this year, possibly during Congress’ upcoming “lame duck” session.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is handling the resolution, and its authors are currently “twisting arms” for more co-sponsors, Hurd said during the launch of MITRE‘s Center for Data-Driven Policy on Thursday.

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 21, 2020 In The News

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., have presented a bipartisan resolution that aims to establish a national strategy in pursuit of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM and other information technology companies have shown support for the resolution that highlights AI’s strategic value, Hurd’s office said Friday.

Sep 21, 2020 In The News

Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Will Hurd, R-Texas introduced a Congressional resolution detailing a national strategy for artificial intelligence that proposes a unified approach for developing U.S. leadership in AI.  

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.


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