Ranking Member Kelly Comments on IT Subcommittee Report on Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Washington, DC – Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IT subcommittee released new findings and recommendations regarding artificial intelligence (AI). The bipartisan report is the product of three Congressional hearings on the topic and was released by Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL).
The report details the opportunities and challenges resulting from the development and application of AI technology, including:
- Workforce development for the AI-economy and potential job losses,
- Biases and
- Malicious uses of the technology.
It also makes recommendations for addressing these challenges and seizing these opportunities, including:
- Increasing R&D funding,
- Increasing workforce training funding,
- Ensuring accountability and transparency of algorithms and answers,
- Cybersecurity enhancements and
- Increasing access to government data set.
“When it comes to AI, and really research and development in general, China is eating our lunch. The U.S. has fallen to 10th amongst OECD countries and China’s investment will surpass ours this year,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “It’s past time to get serious about maintaining our innovation edge. That means more Congressional hearings, more participation from the Administration and real investments in R&D and workforce training. Otherwise, we will lose.”
In particular, the report highlights the need to fund workforce training and re-training to address jobs lost to AI technologies and to seize the economic opportunities created by this technological development. Despite the clear need for these investments, President Trump’s budget request slashed workforce training programs by 40 percent.
“On the jobs front, AI has the potential to create jobs and kill jobs. The directional arrow will be determined by our investments in American workers, education and workforce training. We need to get more STEM teachers into classrooms, starting in elementary school and we need to start investing in workers so they have the right skills to out-compete in the AI-economy,” added Congresswoman Kelly. “Unfortunately, this Administration’s budgets and the budgets of Congressional Republicans go in the exact opposite direction of the needed investments highlighted in this report.”
Congresswoman Kelly has introduced multiple bills to advance the goals of increased workforce training and computer science education, including the Today’s American Dream Act, UP Act and Community College to Career Fund Act. These bills have been referred to committee and no action has yet been taken concerning them.