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Thornberry Hopeful about Prospects for Cyber Legislation


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, the leader of the House Cybersecurity Task Force, made the following comments about the Senate introduction of the "Cybersecurity Act of 2012" (S. 2105) authored by Senators Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca.:

"It is clear that there is widespread agreement on the scope and seriousness of the cybersecurity threat. The danger and growing cost to our economy and national security is well-documented and undeniable. So it is encouraging to see that many aspects of the Senate bill introduced today align with elements contained in the House Cybersecurity recommendations that we released in October 2011.

The House also has a number of cyber bills that committees are working through the process. Although there are some areas where we have differences of opinion, such as how to approach critical infrastructure and incentives, I am hopeful that we can find common ground and get something done by the end of the year."

The House Cybersecurity Task Force, comprised of representatives from the nine committees with significant jurisdiction over cybersecurity, was created early in 2011 by Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The group of lawmakers was charged with drafting a framework for legislative action on cyber for this Congress. The Task Force delivered its recommendations to the Speaker and Majority Leader on October 3, 2011. The report has been well-received on Capitol Hill, as well as in other places in the public and private sectors.

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