Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a House leadership press conference today on how Republicans are working to modernize government technology and increase support for our law enforcement community with multiple pieces of legislation this week.
Full remarks are below, or watch online here.
“Good morning everyone, welcome back. As you heard from Chairman Brady and from the Speaker––the committees are continuing to work to create jobs and growth for all Americans. John F. Kennedy declared this week to be National Police Officers Week, and we all owe a great deal of debt to all of our police officers. In 2016, 118 police officers died in the line of duty. That’s 118 fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, and friends. We want to thank them for their service and for their sacrifice.
“This week on the floor, we’ll have two major bills. The Probation Officer Protection Act, by Representative Dave Reichert, a former Sheriff––and the Thin Blue Line Act by Representative Vern Buchanan. We want to make sure that our law enforcement has all the tools to be able to work in a modern society. Last night we passed the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act to help train law enforcement on cyber attacks––as more than 200,000 machines just recently in 150 countries were attacked.
“Also, if you watch what we’ll have on the floor today––Representative Will Hurd’s Modernizing Government Technology Act. We spend 80 billion dollars a year on IT in government. Eighty percent of that is spent on legacy programs––if we modernize government, we will create a more efficient, effective and accountable government for all Americans. Those are just some of the items that you’ll see pass the floor this week.”