WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on the Administration’s executive order on artificial intelligence.  

“Like any emerging technology, AI comes with significant risks, and our laws need to keep up. The President took strong action today, but it is also critical that Congress pass legislation to establish common sense rules of the road, especially for the AI systems that pose the greatest risks and when it comes to safeguarding our democracy.”

In September, Klobuchar, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections, and Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law; Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property; and Susan Collins (R-ME), Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and former Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, introduced the Protect Elections from Deceptive AI Act, bipartisan legislation to ban the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to generate materially deceptive content falsely depicting federal candidates in political ads to influence federal elections. 

In May, Klobuchar and U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the REAL Political Ads Act to require a disclaimer on political ads that use images or video generated by artificial intelligence. Companion legislation is led in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY).