House Passes NITRD, Cybersecurity Bills During Cyber Week

It’s “cyber week” on Capitol Hill and yesterday that meant the House passing H.R. 967, the Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2013, and H.R. 756, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013, two bills we discussed in detail and endorsed last month. CRA, along with ACM, SIAM, and IEEE-CS, submitted a joint letter of support for the bills when they were introduced earlier this year. Both bills were passed under suspension, which means they were passed without amendments and with at least two-thirds of the Members agreeing.

In the forty minutes of debate on the NITRD reauthorization, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) said, “NIT technologies cut across every sector of our economy and our national defense infrastructure. Our relatively modest 20-year investment in the NITRD program has contributed immeasurably to our economic and national security by enabling innovation and job creation in NIT and providing American students with the skills to fill those jobs. Let’s reauthorize this program today and ensure it remains strong.”

In regards to the cybersecurity bill, Congressman Dan Lipinksi (D-IL) stated, “Just last month, the Director of National Intelligence testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the danger of cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage on crucial infrastructure tops the list of global threats. I believe that we face the possibility of a cyber “Pearl Harbor” that could destroy America’s military or economic security. We have already seen the loss of countless jobs through cyber espionage and we face – and thankfully, so far, we have repelled – much worse attacks every day. It is now more important than ever that we get this legislation across the finish line and onto the President’s desk.”

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