Three Democratic Science Committee Members Tapped for Bipartisan AI Taskforce

Feb 21, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC (February 21, 2024) — Yesterday, Democratic and Republican Leadership of the House of Representatives announced a bipartisan artificial intelligence taskforce. The bipartisan taskforce will work to address the legitimate risks of AI while fostering innovation and ensuring the U.S. can remain a leader in this technology. 

The Science Committee is consistently at the forefront of the technologies of the future. Of the twelve Democratic Members of the House named to the taskforce, three are Democratic Members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Ranking Member Valerie Foushee (NC-04), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Ranking Member Haley Stevens (MI-11), were tapped for the taskforce. 

“Addressing this quickly moving technology requires thoughtful regulation and diligent oversight, both rooted in practical and ethical considerations,” said Ranking Member Foushee. “The promise of AI is vast; it has the power to revolutionize industries, scientific research, and our daily lives. From top community colleges and universities to one of the largest research hubs in the country, my district is no stranger to the many facets of artificial intelligence. The work of scientists and researchers in my district is exciting, and their brilliance and commitment to developing trustworthy AI applications that serve the public good are second-to-none. We must work together to get ahead and address AI risks like equity, bias, privacy, cybersecurity, and disinformation. This bipartisan taskforce will help us do just that, and I’m proud to be a part of it.” 

“Artificial Intelligence has tremendous potential to improve lives, but that potential also poses significant risks that must not be ignored,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Deepfake robocalls, algorithmic bias, and risks to data privacy and integrity exemplify the urgent need for guardrails in this rapidly growing field. Additionally, we must consider the effects that AI could have on jobs and the workforce and on energy use. I’m honored to serve on this bipartisan AI taskforce and look forward to working with my colleagues to promote the responsible and ethical development and use of AI.” 

“As the Ranking Member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee, I’m honored to be named a part of the bipartisan AI Taskforce,” said Ranking Member Stevens. “Responsible development of AI will continue to be a long-term challenge, and this taskforce is a critical step in making sure we get this right, together. Michiganders have so much to gain from this burgeoning technology, from accelerating the development of autonomous vehicles to using AI to drive new breakthroughs in scientific research. I’m committed to making sure the needs of Americans across the nation, and especially those in my home state of Michigan, are met as we work to minimize the downsides and maximize the good of this revolutionary technology.” 

Bipartisan Task Force on Artificial Intelligence Membership

Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-36), Co-Chair 
Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-16) 
Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09) 
Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) 
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) 
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-06) 
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) 
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) 
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) 
Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-51) 
Rep. Valerie Foushee (NC-04) 
Rep. Brittany Pettersen (CO-07) 

Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-23), Chair 
Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-48) 
Rep. French Hill (AR-02) 
Rep. Michael Cloud (TX-27) 
Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-02) 
Rep. Ben Cline (VA-06) 
Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03) 
Rep. Scott Franklin (FL-18) 
Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-45) 
Rep. Eric Burlison (MO-07) 
Rep. Laurel Lee (FL-15) 
Rep. Rich McCormick (GA-06) 

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