House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today praised the House for passing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523) with a strong bipartisan majority. H.R. 3523 is one of several cybersecurity bills considered by the House this week that are the result of recommendations from the Cybersecurity Task Force created by Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and chaired by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX).
“Cyber-attacks by hackers and foreign countries like China are a serious threat to American jobs and American privacy,” said Speaker Boehner. “A strong bipartisan majority voted today to help thwart those attacks by arming private-sector companies with government intelligence on cyber threats, while protecting the American people’s privacy and keeping Washington’s hands off the Internet.”
“I want to thank Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Ruppersberger, Congressman Thornberry, and all of our Members who worked hard to craft this important bipartisan measure. By listening to private-sector job creators, civil liberties advocates, and technology experts, I believe the House put together a strong bill that will help stop cyber-attacks that threaten our economy and our privacy while keeping the Internet free from government control. I would urge Senate Democrats to quickly consider this bill, and send it to the president for his signature.”
The White House threatened to veto H.R. 3523 because, as Speaker Boehner said in a press conference today, the Obama administration “believes the government ought to control the Internet.” Read more about the bill in the Speaker’s op-ed for Investor’s Business Daily here.