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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Yesterday’s All-Senators Briefing On Artificial Intelligence

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on yesterdays all Senator’s briefing on AI, and the upcoming AI Insight Forums. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Yesterday, we held our third all-Senate briefing on AI.

This was our final briefing in a three-part series on AI, and it focused on U.S. investment in innovation and American leadership in AI technology that will continue to shape our world over the next decade and beyond.

The presentation was informative, and our briefers did a superb job of highlighting just how quickly AI technology is developing.

I want to thank our briefers: Rick Stevens from the Department of Energy, Dr. Geri Richmond, from the Department of Energy, Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, nicknamed affectionately “Panch,” head of the National Science Foundation, and Dr. Kathleen Fisher from the DARPA. And our moderator, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths.

We had great attendance across our three AI briefings – both Democrats and Republicans were engaged, and asked a lot of really great questions. It shows that there’s real bipartisan interest in AI, which will be necessary if we want to make progress on what really is an imperative for this country – putting together AI legislation that encourages innovation but has the safeguards to prevent the liabilities that AI could present.

Later this fall, we’ll continue our work on AI by convening the first-ever AI Insight Forums. These forums will bring the top AI developers, executives, experts together to lay foundation for action on AI.

And again, I want to thank my colleagues who have attended our briefings, including of course Senators Heinrich, Rounds, and Young, part of our little group that helped organize them.