Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's speech on the NSA today and her efforts to address concerns about privacy and cybersecurity threats.
"President Obama might have a "pen and a phone' but he does not have the trust of the American people, especially when it comes to the issue of protecting their privacy. This issue must come before Congress for both action and oversight. As Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee we formed the bipartisan Privacy Working Group in the House where we have been diligently meeting with experts to gather information and find the best solutions moving forward."
Blackburn is the author of legislation introduced on April 10, 2013 in the House to improve America's ability to respond to our escalating cybersecurity challenges. H.R. 1468, the SECURE IT Act, includes five main components: allowing the government and the private sector to address cyber threat information in a more transparent fashion; reforming how our government manages its own information systems; creating new deterrents for cyber criminals; prioritizing research and development for cybersecurity initiatives; and streamlining consumers' ability to be notified when they are at risk of identity theft or financial harm.