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Democratic Coalition in the House Initiates AI Policy Working Group

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Lars Langenstueck
Lead Editor

The New Democrat Coalition, a substantial group of House Democrats known for their pragmatic approach, has recently launched a working group focused on shaping policy around artificial intelligence (AI). This move is part of a broader effort by U.S. federal lawmakers to understand and legislate the fast-evolving field of AI.

Objectives of the Working Group

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), a vice chair of this initiative, expressed his hope that the working group will generate actionable ideas to establish necessary regulations for AI. Beyer is committed to various AI-related issues, including safety, security, transparency, civil rights, healthcare, suicide prevention, and the future of work. He is actively engaged in bipartisan discussions about potential legislation in these areas.

The Need for Regulation

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), the Chair of the working group, believes that this initiative could set the stage for a comprehensive AI regulatory framework within the House of Representatives. Kilmer emphasized the dual nature of AI, highlighting its immense potential benefits and the significant challenges it poses, including impacts on workers, democracy, and national security.

Concerns About AI in Warfare

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a Marine veteran and member of the working group, expressed specific concerns about the transformative effects of AI on warfare. He called for the establishment of international norms, akin to a “Geneva Convention for AI in warfare,” to prevent nations like China and Russia from unilaterally defining the rules of AI engagement in conflicts.

Protecting Democratic Institutions

Moulton also stressed the importance of the working group’s focus on safeguarding democratic institutions from potential AI interference. He noted the existing erosion of trust in electoral processes and warned of the further damage that unchecked AI could inflict on democratic systems.

Legislative Challenges

While the Senate has seen bipartisan efforts, led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), to create an AI working group, the path in the House appears more challenging. Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has previously expressed reservations about rushing into regulatory measures without thorough information gathering and consultation with experts.


As AI continues to advance rapidly, the New Democrat Coalition’s working group represents a significant step towards the U.S. Congress developing a deeper understanding of AI and crafting legislation that encourages innovation while addressing the technology’s potential risks.

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