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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Science and Technology

Science and technology issues affect us all and determining the best means of addressing them is an important part of my work in Congress.

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Mar 13, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II held his first hearing as Chair of the new U.S. House Financial Services’ Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy (NSIDMP). The hearing entitled, “Promoting Corporate Transparency: Examining Legislative Proposals to Detect and Deter Financial Crime” will delve into federal laws addressing anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing.

In his opening statement as Chair, Congressman Cleaver said,

Mar 7, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II sent a letter to Secretary Alexander Acosta of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) requesting the release of federal government contractor data regarding gender and racial demographics. Reports have revealed that several private government contractors have asserted that specific workforce demographic data qualifies as a trade secret and/or privileged commercial information under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), an assertion that Congressman Cleaver vehemently disagrees with.

Feb 27, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce the passage of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. The bipartisan legislation permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), authorizes funding for federal land and water projects and protects vulnerable landscapes across the (western) United States.

Included in the bill are two improvement projects for historical sites in and around the Fifth District of Missouri;

Feb 26, 2019

(Kansas City, MO) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II will host a Q&A meeting Friday, March 1, 2019, to discuss the rural and urban broadband digital divide. Joining Congressman Cleaver for this discussion is the newly appointed Federal Communications Commissioner and Kansas City native, Geoffrey Starks. This meeting will be open to the public.

Feb 6, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to see that Amazon has announced Starbucks COO, Rosalind “Roz” Brewer, will be added to the company’s 10-member Board of Directors following Congressional pressure to diversify its leadership. Starbucks’ second-in-command and the former CEO of Sam’s Club, Brewer will become the only minority on Amazon’s Board.

Nov 27, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II sent a letter today to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), encouraging NIST to endorse industry standards and ethical best practices for the independent testing of demographic-based biases in facial recognition technology. NIST is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In the letter to Dr. Walter Copan, NIST Director and U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Congressman Cleaver wrote:

Aug 17, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II announced today the findings of his investigation into the small business lending practices of Financial Technology (FinTech) companies. Last year, Congressman Cleaver launched an investigation to study the methods that FinTech companies use to protect consumers against discriminatory practices. One of the primary focuses of the survey was the use of automated algorithms in loan applications.

Aug 16, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the current use of facial recognition software by law enforcement agencies. Some state, federal and municipal law enforcement agencies use facial recognition to identity suspects and expedite investigations. A growing body of evidence suggests that the technology has the potential to disproportionately impact minorities and women – among other concerns.

Jun 20, 2018

June 20, 2018

(Washington, D.C. ) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II was given the honor of introducing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Nominee Geoffrey Starks at the Senate Commerce Committee Nomination Hearing today in Washington, D.C. Geoffrey Starks is a Kansas City native and is currently one of the assistant bureau chiefs at the FCC.

Feb 13, 2018

The more I learn about technology, the more I see that there is so much work to be done. I have been fighting discrimination in the workplace for many years and now that ugly beast has found its way into our evolving technology industry. That is why it is so important to monitor the practices of tech companies and social media.

My latest issue of concern is preventing extremist groups from using cryptocurrency to fund campaigns of hate and violence. Cryptocurrency is basically digital money used to verify the transfer of funds. It operates as an independently run bank online.