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Lawmakers propose ‘Technology Competitiveness Council’ to champion US innovation

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers proposed a bill that would establish a “Technology Competitiveness Council” to help drive innovation in national security, after an independent commission found the U.S. is at risk of falling behind in the race for supremacy in artificial intelligence.

The bipartisan legislation was introduced Tuesday by Reps. Don Bacon, R-Neb., Scott Franklin, R-Fla., Conor Lamb, D-Pa. and Salud Carbajal, D-Calif. Along with establishing the council, to be chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris, the bill would create the office of assistant to the president for technology competitiveness to oversee initiatives such as the crafting a national technology strategy and aligning policy and budget priorities.

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