At a time when industry and civil rights groups are still trying to get new AI rules off the ground, House lawmakers are pressing federal agencies to immediately and aggressively implement artificial intelligence technology.
Several budget proposals were presented this week by the House Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, and which encourages the federal government to employ AI for anything from everyday office tasks to the detection of pests and illnesses in crops to national security activities. According to the legislation that the committee is still debating, several of those initiatives are not only supported, but would also receive new financing amounting to millions of dollars.
Legislators appear committed to ensuring that the government is using AI where it can, even if comprehensive AI regulations are probably still months away from being created and are unlikely to be created this year. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., vice chair of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus, said agencies shouldn’t have to wait to start employing AI. The legislation are supported by the GOP majority.
He told Fox News Digital, “We should assist federal agencies leveraging the benefits of AI, as it has shown to be a powerful tool and will continue to be a vital asset for our government agencies. For technological undertakings, “the Departments of Energy and Defence, for example, have been leveraging AI to enhance precision and accomplish tasks beyond human capabilities.”