Washington, D.C. – Congress took steps this week to advance three key legislative priorities of the Data Coalition. On December 18 the Senate unanimously advanced a resolution to support the 2020 Census (SCR 31) and on December 19th, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform marked up the AI in Government Act of 2019 (H.R. 2575) and the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (H.R. 3830). The Data Coalition endorsed all three legislative efforts. Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart, Ph.D. issued the following statement on the congressional actions:
The prioritization of bipartisan legislation in Congress that ensures data can be responsibly used to support accountability, transparency, and decision-making is a positive signal about our elected leaders’ enthusiasm for recognizing government data as a strategic asset.
The Data Coalition applauds the Senate’s unanimous support for an effective and efficient 2020 Census, highlighting the significance and importance of participation in the census in 2020. The Data Coalition is pleased that the House Oversight and Reform Committee favorably reported out the AI in Government Act and the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act. The Data Coalition urges the House to quickly pass these bipartisan bills.