Congressman Frank Lucas today made the following statement on passage of H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill passed the House today with a vote of 288 to 127.
"I am pleased this legislation passed the House today," said Congressman Frank Lucas. "Daily, foreign countries are hacking into American companies' computer systems and stealing trade secrets and billions of dollars worth of intellectual property. When hackers break into our systems and steal our property, they also take many jobs along with it.
"I believe this legislation is necessary to combat our cyber security issues and protect jobs in our country. This bill will enable businesses to work with the federal government, on a voluntary basis, to share cyber threat information to help the private sector better protect themselves from cyber attacks. Additionally, the bill accomplishes these goals without infringing on American citizens' privacy and civil liberties.
"I am pleased leaders in the House are working to protect our national security and U.S. jobs. It is my hope this legislation will be passed in the Senate and sent to the President's desk for his signature."