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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

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Mr. WOODALL. Madam Chair, my amendment is a simple amendment. What we're doing here in this bill today, to the great credit of the chairman and the ranking member, is instituting a voluntary system by which our private companies and utilities can cooperate in the name of securing America's cyberspace. But what happens so often is, when the Federal Government creates a so-called ``voluntary'' standard, suddenly those folks who choose not to play on that playing field are subject to new liabilities because they rejected that voluntary standard.

Well, if it's going to be a truly voluntary standard, we have to ensure that those who reject it are not held to any new liabilities. I believe that was the intent of the committee as they crafted this legislation, but my amendment makes that clear to say that no new liabilities arise for any company that chooses not to participate in this new truly voluntary cybersecurity cooperative regime.

With that, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. WOODALL. With that, I want to thank the ranking member and the chairman for their tremendous openness throughout this entire process. Briefing after briefing, phone call after phone call, they both made themselves available to Members on both sides of the aisle so that we could get our questions answered in what is sometimes a difficult area to understand and digest. I thank them both for their leadership, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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