Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Reintroduces Legislation that Strengthens America's Cyber Defenses and Increased our Cyber Capability

Jan 9, 2019
Press Release

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January 4, 2019                                                                             202-225-3816

Press Statement

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Reintroduces Legislation that Strengthens America's Cyber Defenses and Increased our Cyber Capability

 

Jackson Lee—“Taken together, these bills will enhance the nation’s preparedness to respond to disasters, terrorist threats and incidents, and to safeguard our democracy in the 21st Century.  I look forward to shepherding these bills to final passage.”

 

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issues this statement on the reintroduction of bills related to her role as a Senior Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security:

 

“The work that the Committee on Homeland Security does to help keep our nation safe is immeasurable.  As Senior Member of the Committee and member since the Committee’s inception, I know firsthand the work done by the Committee, and the harms prevented by its work.  Yet, there is so much work to be done to enhance our safety and disaster preparedness.  That is why I am proud to announce that I have reintroduced several bills to protect and strengthen the security of the homeland.    

“For example, it is clear that, as weather patterns grow stronger, wildfires burn hotter, and our sea levels rise, the severity and frequency of natural disasters has increased.  That is why I have reintroduced three bills which all work to improve our readiness for unforeseen circumstances.  The first, H.R. 42, the FRIENDS Act, would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study on the circumstances which may impact the effectiveness of our first responders, before, during or after a disaster or terrorist event.  I have also reintroduced H.R. 43, the Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act, which requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to report to the Congress on cyber vulnerability disclosures.  Last, H.R. 57, the Cyber Defense National Guard Act, would require the conduction of a study on the feasibility of establishing a Civilian Cyber Defense National Resource. 

“As the Special Counsel’s investigation into the 2016 election makes clear, our electoral apparatuses are vulnerable to attack from external forces.  While the Mueller investigation proceeds, it is critical for Congress to ascertain the ways in which the Department of Homeland Security responds to threats to federal elections.  This is why I reintroduced H.R. 52, to Protect Our Elections, which requires a report and assessment on these threats.

“Taken together, these bills will enhance the nation’s preparedness to respond to disasters, terrorist threats and incidents, and to safeguard our democracy in the 21st Century.  I look forward to shepherding these bills to final passage”

 

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.