Apr 22, 2015

House Passes a 21st Century Cybersecurity Bill

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act:

“The American people need to have confidence that when they buy something online or swipe their credit card at a store that their identity and personal information is safe. Right now, it’s not. Most government regulations dealing with cyberthreats were crafted decades ago in an age before computers and the Internet became what they are today. To bring cybersecurity into the 21st century, we have to make some changes, and one of the first things we can do is facilitate information sharing while preserving privacy. That’s what this bill does. 

“Over the past two Congresses, the House has tried to get bills like this signed into law only to have them blocked by a Democrat-controlled Senate. I’m happy to see that—after so many high profile attacks—this isn’t a partisan issue anymore.”