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Rep. McNerney’s Bipartisan AI Research Capacity Amendment Adopted as Part of House-Passed Appropriations Package

Aug 3, 2020
Press Release
Amendment will help increase U.S. global competitiveness in AI, help ensure more equitable benefits of AI across different communities and regions

Stockton, CA – As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) is pleased to announce the inclusion of his bipartisan AI amendment in the House-passed H.R. 7617 – a spending package that would provide funding for the majority of the federal government for the next fiscal year. The amendment would require the National Science Foundation to examine and publish findings on:

  • which universities are putting out significant peer-reviewed AI research, including research based on quantity as well as the number of citations;
  • what specific factors enable these universities’ AI research – including computing power, data sets and availability, specialized curriculum, and industry and other partnerships;
  • and how universities not included in this list can implement these factors to produce AI research, as well as case studies to be used as examples and potential pilot programs that the federal government could develop or support to help universities produce AI research.

“Our universities play an essential role in advancing our nation’s competitiveness in AI,” said Congressman McNerney. “It’s critical that we understand which of our universities are producing significant peer-reviewed AI research and what factors are enabling them to do this, so we can help replicate this at a larger scale. Our universities are also engines for local and regional economic growth. Efforts to help universities build out their AI research capacity will also help ensure more equitable benefits of AI across different communities and regions. I’m proud that this amendment received strong bipartisan support and that it was adopted in the second House-passed appropriations package.”

Co-sponsors of the amendment include Representatives Pete Olson (TX-22), Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Mike Doyle (PA-18), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Darren Soto (FL-09), Francis Rooney (FL-19), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Randy Weber (TX-14), Bill Foster (IL-11), Don Beyer (VA-08), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Michael Waltz (FL-06), and Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14).

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.