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Government has to get smarter. Disruption is happening all around us, and we can either harness it for the common good, or risk getting stuck in the past. Here are some ways the House plans to get that done:

  1. Modernizing government: 80% of the federal government's IT budget of $80 billion per year is spent servicing less-secure legacy systems instead of upgrading to state-of-the-art systems. Today at the White House Office of American Innovation event, I'll announce legislation the House will consider to bring private-sector technology into the government, including the authorization of an IT modernization fund.
  2. Entrepreneurship: The JOBS Act was signed into law five years ago to help startups and small businesses access capital. More than 6,000 US companies have raised a total of $1.4 billion in capital because of JOBS Act provisions. On the law's anniversary, AOL founder and tech investor Steve Case — an invaluable partner when we passed the JOBS Act — will come to the Capitol to discuss ways of building on the JOBS Act by expanding crowdfunding opportunities to more investors and small businesses. Specifically, we are working on Patrick McHenry's Supporting America's Innovators Act and the Fix Crowdfunding Act.
  3. Tech for Vets: Massive Open Online Courses offer veterans the ability to receive a high-quality education in everything from coding to robotics to the development of artificial intelligence. But the post-9/11 GI Bill doesn't cover numerous non-traditional technology programs, pigeonholing veterans into traditional programs that might not fit their needs. This week, I will introduce legislation establishing a program to cover non-traditional technology education programs so America's veterans can fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Why this matters: The House has passed 35 bills since launching our Innovation Initiative last year, each with an average of 366 'yes' votes. Nine have been signed into law. Together with an engaged and committed White House, we have an opportunity to make the future our own.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the House majority leader

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Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Monday plans for the State Department to create a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy.

Why it matters: The establishment of the bureau and plans for a new envoy to oversee critical and emerging technology come after a series significant hack attacks and other online crimes, notably ransomware assaults on U.S. infrastructure.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

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Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.