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Senate Leaders Unveil $32 Billion Plan to Address AI Issues Senate Leaders Unveil $32 Billion Plan to Address AI Issues
A bipartisan group of senators, spearheaded by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, has released a highly anticipated report outlining comprehensive actions that... Senate Leaders Unveil $32 Billion Plan to Address AI Issues

A bipartisan group of senators, spearheaded by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, has released a highly anticipated report outlining comprehensive actions that congressional committees can take to navigate the advancements and risks associated with AI.

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Congress can’t and won’t solve every challenge AI presents today,” Schumer, D-N.Y., stated during a press conference on Wednesday. “But we can lay down a base of smart, bipartisan policy proposals, guided by both urgency and humility.”

The report aims to secure $32 billion by 2026, aligning with the 2021 National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recommendations. The bipartisan working group’s roadmap includes several critical proposals:

  • Increasing Funding for AI Innovation
  • Ensuring Enforcement of Existing AI Laws
  • Considering AI’s Impact on the Workforce
  • Addressing Deepfake Issues
  • Mitigating Long-Term Risk Scenarios

Schumer intends to collaborate with House Speaker Mike Johnson to ensure the initiative garners bicameral support with the 30-page roadmap as a culmination of nine forums involving over 150 AI experts. This bipartisan Senate working group includes Schumer and fellow Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich, alongside GOP Sens. Todd Young and Mike Rounds.

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We had experts from all walks of life — people, of course, from the tech industry, but people from the civil rights community and the labor community and critics of AI — all coming together and actually talking to each other and coming up with both questions we had to answer and solutions to some of those questions,” Schumer explained.

The report envisions “transformational innovation” through AI, with Schumer highlighting its potential to achieve significant breakthroughs. “The kind of reaching for the stars — that’s saying that AI might wipe out cancer, eliminate world hunger, prevent us from being attacked,” he noted, while also stressing the need to anticipate potential threats.

Schumer acknowledged the dual nature of AI, noting its potential harms and benefits. “We know there are harms that can come from AI, whether it be hurting labor in the workforce, bias that’s built into the systems, dealing with intellectual property,” he said. “And so we also need innovation to come up with ways to minimize those liabilities.

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The Senate’s approach will not involve a single, comprehensive package targeting AI issues. Instead, Schumer emphasized that committees would take the lead in addressing specific aspects of the report related to their expertise.

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