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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today on a bill he introduced in the Innovation Initiative, H.R. 5658, the TALENT Act.

Full remarks below or online here.

“Mr. Speaker, the American people deal with their government in different ways almost every day. Veterans trying to navigate the federal bureaucracy. Entrepreneurs dealing with regulations. Citizens looking to access public information.

“Dealing with the government is never as clear, as easy, or as efficient as it should be. That’s because while the world has changed in so many ways, government has stayed in the past.

“Just think how little government has changed. In the 1930s, we got our news from the radio and the morning paper. Today, we get it on our phones. In the 1930s we would cool off by opening the window and using a fan. Today, we have central air. In the 1930s, the VA processed paper disability claims. Today, it still processes paper disability claims.

Why is it that we expect more technology from our phones every month, yet tolerate the exact same from our government year after year after year? Government is stuck in the past. We need to bring it into the future. And that is one of the two pillars of the Innovation Initiative.

“Bringing government into the 21st century demands challenging the status quo. That begins with people—making sure the American people benefit from the best talent our country has to offer.

The Presidential Innovation Fellow program allows highly talented professionals—that means engineers, designers, and innovators from across the country—to build a more efficient, effective, and accountable government. They challenge old ways of thinking and introduce new approaches to make our government work the way the American people believe and deserve it to work. 

“Now, I sponsored the TALENT Act to make sure this program continues into future Administrations. By codifying the Presidential Innovation Fellow program into law, we can continue bringing positive disruptors to Washington and modernize our government.

“The greatest resource we have in this country is the American people. We need the talent of the American people more now than ever before so we can reform government so it works well for everyone.

“I yield back.”