Senate Commerce Committee Approves Tech-Related Bills

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The Senate Commerce Committee approved a handful of communications-related bills May 20, favorably recommending them to the full Senate for a vote and passage. Approved bills include:

  • The Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act (S 3704) which would reauthorize the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program but also retool it given that COVID-19 has put an exclamation point on the need for more high tech workers in a world having to connect remotely.
  • The Cybersecurity Competitions to Yield Better Efforts to Research the Latest Exceptionally Advanced Problems (CYBER LEAP) Act of 2020 (S 3712) which would set up various competition, with cash and non-cash prizes, to come up with "high-priority breakthroughs in cybersecurity by 2028" in areas including combatting cyber attacks, cyber education, workforce training, AI, next-gen communications tech, and more.
  • The Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 (S 3717) which would require the head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) to submit a plan to Congress for the modernization of NTIA's IT systems.

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Tech-Related Bills Committee Approves Eight Bills, Seven Nominations (Senate Commerce Committee)