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Homeland Security Subcommittee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies passed, by voice vote, H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013.

The bipartisan H.R. 3696 was introduced in December by Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS), as well as Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Yvette Clarke (D-NY).

McCaul, Thompson, Meehan, Clarke: “Today the Committee took a landmark step forward in securing the cybersecurity of our Nation’s critical infrastructure. The recent Target incident in which 110 million Americans’ personal information was compromised only underscores the very real and serious nature of the cyber threat today. H.R. 3696 strengthens our cyber defenses by bolstering and providing oversight of DHS’s cybersecurity mission, fostering collaborative public-private partnerships, while also ensuring privacy and civil liberties are protected. We are greatly encouraged by the strong bipartisan support of the NCCIP Act, as well as the many endorsements it has received from both industry and privacy advocates, and we look forward to moving this legislation to the House floor.”

A summary of the Subcommittee’s action can be found HERE.

A one-pager explaining the bill can be found HERE, and letters of support for the bill can be found HERE.

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