Legislation will promote America’s global leadership in technology

Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) introduced the LeveragingQuantum Computing Act. This legislation will instruct federal agencies to identify potential uses for quantum computing, an emerging technology that can perform certain calculations faster than today’s supercomputers. For example, future quantum computers could exceed regular computers in simulating chemical interactions, potentially reducing the time required for drug development.

“With this advanced technology, federal agencies can harness the potential of quantum computing to solve some of our most pressing issues faster and more efficiently,” said Congresswoman Ross. “At a moment of unprecedented international competition, the United States cannot afford to fall behind. By taking advantage of quantum computing, this bill will propel our federal agencies forward and ensure our nation can continue to be a global leader in innovation and technology. I’m proud that my home state of North Carolina is already leading in this important field.”

"This legislation is commendable as it recognizes the immense potential of quantum computing in supporting federal agencies across crucial sectors such as defense, energy, technology, healthcare, and transportation," said Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ. "By harnessing the power of quantum computing, these agencies will be better equipped to fulfill their objectives effectively. This bill plays a crucial role in promoting quantum learning and preparedness, enabling agencies to embrace quantum computing as a transformative tool. IonQ expresses its strong support and appreciation for this legislation."

"Quantum computing will help a wide variety of federal agencies accomplish their missions," said Paul Stimers, Executive Director of the Quantum Industry Coalition. "This bill will help ensure that agencies learn how to incorporate quantum computing as a transformational tool. The Quantum Industry Coalition applauds this legislation."

The Leveraging Quantum Computing Act would direct the National Quantum Coordination Office of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to:

  • Establish a program of engagement with Federal agencies to identify potential use cases where quantum computing could advance such agencies’ missions, including through on-premises, cloud-based, hybrid, or networked approaches.
  • Coordinate with relevant federal agencies to develop a plan to enable such agencies to address potential use cases of quantum computing.
  • Submit a report to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation detailing the Office’s progress in outreach activities, potential use cases of quantum computing, plans to address cases, and any obstacles to addressing potential cases, including lack of funding.

Bill text is available here.

Last Congress, five of Congresswoman Ross’ bills and amendments to bolster science and technology were signed into law with the CHIPS and Science Act.