Dingell Statement on Introduction of AV Legislation
Washington, September 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released the following statement after autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives:
"This Congress should have considered autonomous vehicle legislation but for a variety of reasons, that has not occurred. If the United States is going to stay at the forefront of innovation and technology, keep manufacturing jobs in America and not cede leadership to other nations, we must take urgent action early in the new Congress to ensure we are competitive.
"This week, my colleague Bob Latta will introduce autonomous vehicle legislation that will not be considered in committee or the full Congress. I respect his desire to see action by our colleagues. I share his concern that we need urgent action. The need for legislation only becomes greater by the day, as this is an international competition for where this technology will be developed. Unfortunately, the world has changed since the passage of the SELF DRIVE Act in the US House of Representatives in 2017. I have had multiple conversations with all the stakeholders who need to be at the table and have received their commitment to work together to be prepared to introduce legislation early in the new Congress. I have received the commitment of both the Chair and Subcommittee Chair that autonomous vehicle legislation will be a priority and that they will work to move it early in the new year through the Energy and Commerce Committee. This work remains as important as ever and the future of American manufacturing depends on it.”