Rep. Soto Named New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force Co-Chair

February 7, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto was named Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force. The Technology Task Force will focus on issues including emerging technology, global competitiveness, innovation, data privacy, and artificial intelligence (including the sociopolitical implications). This Task Force may also oversee issues related to telecommunications, including net neutrality, 5G, rural broadband, and access (ex.: disparities in access to technology in the classroom).

The Task Force is charged with meeting with stakeholders and developing policy positions for the Coalition to advance in both the near term and long term. The Task Force will target areas where the Coalition can advance policies that help our economy and this Congress get on track.

“I’m excited to lead the New Democrat Coalition Technology Task Force because emerging technologies have the profound potential to benefit society and be a driver of economic growth. It is imperative that the United States remain a global leader on critical technology issues like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and data privacy, so we can maximize the potential of these technologies for the current and future generations.” said Rep Darren Soto. 

“The New Democrats are about finding innovative solutions to complicated issues,” said Rep. Suzan DelBene, Vice-Chair for Policy. “The American people have said they want Congress to get things done. With this talented group, we’re committed to finding the best ideas to expand our middle class and create opportunities for hardworking families in this new economy.”

The New Democrat Coalition is made up of over 100 forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies. New Democrats are a solutions oriented coalition seeking to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing. New Democrats believe the challenges ahead are too great for Members of Congress to refuse to cooperate purely out of partisanship.