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RELEASE: Rep. Khanna attends White House signing ceremony for his second bill becoming law

December 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna attended the signing ceremony for his second bill signed into law, H.R. 5759 – The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience (IDEA) Act, at 4:15pm ET at the White House.

“The 21st Century IDEA will modernize the technology of government agencies. It’s time our government agencies adopt the innovative technologies of the 21st Century,” Rep. Khanna said. “I want to thank President Trump for signing the bill into law, Sen. Portman and Rep. Ratcliffe for their partnership, as well as Matt Lira from the White House’s Office of American Innovation, and Geo Saba of my staff for their efforts to pass this bill for the American public.”

The bill, which digitizes and modernizes government services, is now the law of the land. The 21st Century IDEA, cosponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), requires federal agencies to modernize their websites and services by closing the tech gap between government and the private sector. The bill promotes the option for digital forms, the use of e-signatures, improved security standards and greater access to government websites for people with disabilities.

The freshman Democrat’s first major legislative achievement benefits veterans. The Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act was signed into law by the President in November of 2017. Reps. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) were the leading cosponsors of this bill making it easier for employers to offer apprenticeships to veterans.

 

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About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.