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Congressmen Doyle and Wamp Launch Congressional Caucus on Robotics

On June 20, 2007, Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle and Tennessee Congressman Zack Wamp announced the formation of a bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Robotics. The caucus will focus on key issues facing the nation’s traditional industrial robotics industry as well as issues critical to growing companies, markets, and industries. The press release is reproduced in full below.

We at Robot magazine strongly endorse this Caucus, which holds great promise to help our government recognize the issues we face and challenges we must surmount to maintain our country’s technological leadership. A form letter that you can use to urge your Congressmen and women to joint this caucus can be found below.

Congressmen Doyle and Wamp Launch Congressional Caucus on Robotics
Caucus will educate Congress on impact of robotics industry on consumers, industry, and the economy

WASHINGTON, DC – June 20, 2007 – Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle and Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp today announced the formation of a bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Robotics.  The caucus will focus on key issues facing the nation’s traditional industrial robotics industry as well as issues critical to growing companies, markets, and industries based on recent technological advances that enable robots to perform functions beyond traditional assembly line tasks and to operate in environments beyond the factory floor.  A kick-off event is being planned for mid-September.

“Robots are now being used well beyond traditional industrial automation applications like assembling automobiles,” said Congressman Mike Doyle.  “Today, they are also being used to defend our nation, perform surgery, fill prescriptions, deliver supplies and materials, and even as tools to educate our children, so it is important that we create a forum by which Congress can familiarize itself with the impact this first great technology of the 21st century is likely to have on the lives of all Americans.”

“The increase in the number of emerging and potential applications for robotics is astounding,” added Congressman Zach Wamp.  “Microsoft Corporation (NYSE: MSFT) chairman Bill Gates has stated his belief that the robotics industry is developing in much the same way that the computer business did 30 years ago.  Forming a bipartisan caucus now will enable Congress to get a better grasp on many of the challenges and issues likely to emerge and help ensure that the United States can maintain global leadership as the robotics industry undergoes considerable expansion in the coming decade.”

The preliminary, proposed goals of the bipartisan Robotics Caucus will include, but are not limited to:

·       Increasing general awareness of robotics industry challenges and issues among Members of Congress and policy analysts in the federal government;

·       Educating Members of Congress and congressional staff on current and future research, development, and utilization initiatives involving robotics;

·       Serving as a forum where robotics-related policy issues can be discussed and  debated;  and

·       Ensuring that our nation remains globally competitive as the robotics industry rapidly expands and begins to exert a profound effect on the way our citizens live their lives.

 

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Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle

About Congressman Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle (D-PA14) is currently serving his seventh term in Congress representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania, which includes the city of Pittsburgh as well as communities in the western, southern, and eastern portions of Allegheny County.

His top priorities include revitalizing communities in the 14th District through economic development and high-tech initiatives, creating jobs, preserving Social Security and Medicare, providing better public education, establishing a long-term national energy strategy, and fostering a better climate for our high-tech community.

Congressman Doyle serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which is one of only four exclusive committees in the House. There he sits on the following three subcommittees: 1) Energy and Air Quality; 2) Telecommunications and the Internet; and 3) Oversight and Investigations.  He also serves on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where he serves on the committee’s Health Subcommittee.

Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp

About Congressman Zach Wamp

Known for his leadership, tenacity and energetic style, Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN3) serves with seniority as a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee, which funds all discretionary spending by the federal government.

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Congressman Wamp serves as the Ranking Member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of Appropriations. The Subcommittee funds the operations of Congress and the Capitol, including the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress, the Capitol Visitor’s Center and the budgets of all Members of Congress and House Leadership.

He is also the second most senior Republican on the Energy and Water Subcommittee of Appropriations, possibly the most important subcommittee in Congress for the State of Tennessee, because it funds all Oak Ridge operations, as well as the replacement of the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River.

If you have questions on the above press release, please contactMatt Dinkel 202-225-2135 or Laura Condeluci 202-225-3271

FORM LETTER TO INVITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND CONGRESSWOMEN TO GET INVOLVED

The letter below was drafted for companies that produce or help assemble and distribute robotics products, technologies and services. It can be easily adapted for use by individuals who would like to make their vote heard with respect to the future of the technological leadership of the United States.

We urge you to send a letter to your Congressional Representative. We thank, Bill Thomasmeyer, President of the National Center for Defense Robotics, for providing this letter template.

—the editors, Robot magazine

[Month, Day, Year]The Honorable [                ]United States House of Representatives[             ] HOBWashington, DC  20515[VIA FACSIMILE:      202-225-xxxx]Dear Congress[man/woman] [                ]:

I am writing you today to request that you join the new, bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Robotics recently formed by Congressman Mike Doyle and Congressman Zach Wamp.

This caucus will focus on key issues facing the nation’s traditional industrial robotics industry as well as those issues critical to newly forming companies, markets, and industries based on emerging technology that enable robots to operate in environments beyond the factory floor.

The preliminary, proposed goals of the bipartisan Robotics Caucus will include, but are not limited to:

Increasing general awareness of robotics industry challenges and issues among Members of Congress and policy analysts in federal government

Educating Members of Congress and congressional staff on current and future research, development, and utilization initiatives regarding robotics;

Serving as a forum where robotics-related policy issues can be exchanged, debated, and discussed; Ensuring that our nation remains globally competitive as the robotics industry rapidly expands and begins to exert a profound effect on the way our citizens live their lives.

[Insert a paragraph describing company’s involvement and interest in robotics].

In addition, you are also likely aware of the tremendous impact robots are having in Iraq, saving lives and helping keep our nation’s defenders out of harm’s way.  Unmanned air vehicles have performed a wide variety of well-known and documented missions with great success.  And as you know, unmanned ground vehicles, are also proving their worth in defeating IEDs, saving hundreds if not thousands of casualties in the process.  Given their success, our troops have begun using ground robots in theater to remotely perform other operational tasks to include security checkpoint inspections and reconnaissance missions.

The use of advanced, next generation robotics for industrial and national and homeland defense purposes is only the tip of the iceberg, however.  Robots are now being used to perform surgeries, fill prescriptions, deliver supplies and materials, and even clean our carpets at home.  The increase in the number of emerging and potential applications for robotics is astounding.  No less an authority than Bill Gates in a story he authored for the January 2007 issue of Scientific American states that the emergence of the robotics industry “is developing in much the same way that the computer business did 30 years ago.  As I look at the trends that are now starting to converge, I can envision a future in which robotic devices will become a nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives.”

Thank you for considering joining the Congressional Caucus on Robotics.  It is an important initiative worthy of your support and critical to the future success of our country.  Please contact David Lucas (Doyle) at 5×2135 or Amanda Schoch (Wamp) at 5×3271 for more information or to join the Caucus.

Sincerely,

Company Representative

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