Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement after Thursday's vote in the House of Representatives supporting the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act:
"I voted for H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, more commonly known as CISPA. We live at a time when everything is online, from personal information to financial data to entire databases. One cyber attack and information that is necessary for our modern-day existence could be wiped away, or, even worse, in the hands of our enemies.
"As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I know that the threat of cyber attacks is very real. We know, for example, that the Chinese government has been hacking into, stealing and duplicating sensitive information from Western companies. It remains crucial that the U.S. government take action and protect American industries and their millions of users. This legislation enhances cyber security by allowing companies to voluntarily provide information to the U.S. government when there is a credible threat to their servers.
"This legislation was carefully crafted after considering the input of over 100 private companies, trade groups, and civil liberties organizations, and the final version reflects their opinions. I commend Chairman Mike Rogers (MI-08) for his diligent work to account for privacy and constitutional concerns. Cyber threats are now clearly defined, the bill contains no mandates or increased regulations, and it provides vital assistance to our national defense."
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 248-168. The legislation enjoys support from many organizations, both public and private, including Boeing, AT&T, Facebook and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.