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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ENYART. Madam Chair, I rise today in support of this important legislation.

The threat we face today from cyber attacks poses a clear and present danger that must be addressed. When I was sworn in to Congress to represent the people of southern Illinois, I took a vow to protect them from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. It was not the first time I had taken such an oath. By supporting CISPA, we move to fulfill our oath.

I know there are good Americans who oppose this legislation because they believe the protections for civil liberties and privacy don't go far enough, but we must not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. This bill prohibits the government from forcing private sector entities to provide information to the government. It places restrictions on the use of any data voluntarily shared. The bill provides for strong congressional oversight. These are tremendous victories to protect our civil liberties.

I support this bill because American jobs hang in the balance. Every day, our companies are subject to cyber attacks seeking to steal valuable trade secrets which deprive American citizens of high-paying high-tech jobs. Locally, my hometown grocery store in southern Illinois, Schnucks, was recently hacked, and customers' debit and credit card information was compromised, making many of my constituents vulnerable to theft.

I cannot stand by and let an opportunity to prevent such actions pass me by, which is why I stand in support of this legislation. To protect the jobs of those who work to build planes at Boeing in Belleville or workers at Afton Chemical in Sauget, I must support this legislation. To ensure that those who make weapons to defend our country at General Dynamics in Marion, Illinois, don't lose their jobs because some Chinese hacker has stolen proprietary information, I must support this legislation.

As the weapons of warfare change and adapt, we must make the necessary adjustments to protect our Nation while adhering to our founding principles. I urge my colleagues to join me in support of this act.


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