Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on passage of H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013:
"Today, a strong bipartisan majority in the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, which helps protect Americans from dangerous and advanced cyber attacks. The backbone of the internet is built and maintained by the private sector, and it's critical that the private sector and government be able to share real-time information about cybersecurity threats that pose a significant threat to our economy and national security. Consistent with our Constitution and values, this legislation contains strong privacy and civil liberty protections, and I'm thankful that Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger ensured the bill contained strict regulations governing the use of information shared between the private sector and government.
"Every day there are reminders that people throughout the world wish to do harm to America, and whether it is a homemade bomb, an intercontinental ballistic missile, or a vicious cyber attack, we must do everything in our power to prevent and protect against attacks on our homeland. I'm disappointed that President Obama threatened to veto this critical national security legislation, and hope that he reconsiders his opposition now that a strong bipartisan majority of the House has approved it."