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  • Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013

    by Representative Dana Rohrabacher

    Posted on 2013-04-16

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    ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, first of all I would like to thank Lamar Smith and Congressmen McCaul and Lipinski for the leadership that they've provided on this very significant issue.

    First of all, I would like to say that I am completely supportive of this bill. This legislation will continue America's path toward greater capabilities on cybersecurity. This is critical to our national security and our future.

    And while we are increasing the authorization levels in this legislation for these critical activities, we are aware that every new dollar that we spend is a dollar that we borrowed, probably from China.

    {time} 1310 The Communist Chinese regime, of course, is the greatest human rights abuser in the world and potential adversary of the United States.

    Furthermore, there has been unequivocal evidence that the Chinese Government is a source of significant cyber attacks on targets within the United States, which leads me to the main point, being, we must take note that there are many students from China and students from other known cyber attack countries attending our universities, participating in our programs, and learning exactly how we are setting up our system and defenses.

    We need to apply a little common sense here, which is so often missing from our government, of course; and we need to make certain that we are not funding, enabling, and training our potential enemies.

    Section 106 of this legislation clearly limits the Scholarships for Service program to citizens or permanent residents of the United States. But that limitation is not extended to the Graduate Traineeships Program, which is also authorized; nor does it extend that limitation to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program, which has previously been expanded to include computer and network security specializations.

    Other cybersecurity programs give funding to and rely upon universities that are now training both sides in a future cyber war.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

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