National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014by Representative Patrick Meehan
Posted on 2014-12-11
MEEHAN. Mr. Speaker, let me thank the gentleman again for his
leadership not just on this particular issue, but his leadership of the
committee and, as I had said before, working with my colleagues on the
side in a bipartisan fashion for these important issues.
I will be brief on this, but I can tell you that it is not the brevity of my words that will instill the seriousness of this issue. When the chairman mentioned that this is some of the most important legislation we have ever done on cybersecurity, I echo that sentiment because the nature of the threat is real, growing, and constantly changing.
The ability for us to be able to be adaptive in real time to communicate with the private sector and the government facilities to protect our homeland is critical.
A second point--and that is significant as well--is very real attention was paid to the issue of privacy, recognizing the individual desire to be assured that private information is not inappropriately utilized or misapplied by anybody, let alone the government.
This bill was the product of work that was done in detail with over 300 different meetings working through the complexities of this particular issue. As has already been articulated, it is one of the few bills that I would imagine in this Congress--or any Congress--that has strong endorsement from the Chamber of Commerce and the ACLU simultaneously.
Lastly, by organizing by sector, this creates the framework. This is the important foundation. There is still so much more to be done, but this is the foundation of the house, of the structure that will allow us to create and continue to create the kind of edifice that will enable our private sector, our government sector, and indeed all of those who are engaged in this issue in the country to be better positioned to protect Americans, their information, and their safety.
I strongly endorse this, and I thank the gentleman for his leadership.