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Rep. Beyer tapped for bipartisan task force on AI

12 members will be tasked to come up with 'real, practicable ideas'
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) speaks at a governance forum held May 18, 2023, and sponsored by the Arlington County Civic Federation.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) has been appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives’ newly formed, bipartisan Task Force on Artificial Intelligence.

The panel was jointly named by House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries. It has a mission to lead the House’s exploration of AI’s transformational opportunities and potential challenges, and “to produce a comprehensive report that will include guiding principles, forward-looking recommendations and bipartisan policy proposals.”

 “While much of the work of Congress has been engulfed in chaos and dysfunction, AI has remained a bright spot of good-faith cooperation between the parties, and I am determined to help keep it that way,” Beyer said in a statement disseminated by his office.

“The impacts of AI on our society, positive and negative, are profound and require forward-looking solutions,” Beyer said. “It is my hope that Speaker Johnson and Leader Jeffries’ AI task force will continue in this spirit to develop real, practicable ideas that will help our country reap the benefits of AI and put guardrails in place to safeguard against risks. We need to get this right, and we have no time to lose.”

 Beyer is vice chair of the bipartisan Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus and vice chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s AI Working Group, and was a member of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s bipartisan working group on AI.