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Guthrie Bills Advance to House Floor

Washington, September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved several bills to advance to the full U.S. House of Representatives, including three bills introduced by Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02): The Countering Online Harms Act, the Advancing Blockchain Act, and the Blockchain Innovation Act.  

Both the Advancing Blockchain Act and the Countering Online Harms Act were included in a broader legislative package called the American Competitive of a More Productive Emerging Tech Economy Act, or American COMPETE Act (H.R. 8132), aimed at advancing American leadership in emerging technology. The Blockchain Innovation Act was included as part of the AI for Consumer Product Safety Act (H.R. 8128).

“The United States has always been a leader in technology – and we need to keep it that way. I was proud to cosponsor the COMPETE Act, a broad, bipartisan package that contains two of my bills, will ensure that American technology advances and remains competitive” said Guthrie. “The Advancing Blockchain Act will continue our work on blockchain and promote its use in our economy, and the Countering Online Harms Act will protect Americans from misinformation and dangerous online content and help us use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for good. The AI for Consumer Product Safety Act, which contains my Blockchain Innovation Act, will also help advance American blockchain technology and help protect consumers. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass these bills in the House.”

In addition to the COMPETE Act, the committee also approved several health care bills and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s and Rep. Andy Barr’s (KY-06) Horseracing Integrity Act.

“Leader McConnell and Representative Barr worked diligently to come to an agreement with many stakeholders across the industry on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. This legislation, which I voted for today in Committee just days after the postponed running of the Kentucky Derby, includes thoughtful reforms towards ensuring the future of horse racing,” said Guthrie. “I was also proud to support several bills that will improve mental health care in our nation, which is even more important now as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to advance legislation that will help Kentuckians.”

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