Engel, Energy & Commerce Dems Introduce Bills to Improve Consumer Cybersecurity

Mar 2, 2017

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a leading Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced the introduction today of his Interagency Cybersecurity Cooperation Act. The bill requires the FCC to create an interagency committee to review cybersecurity incidents, recommend investigations, and issue regular reports on the results of these investigations including relevant findings and policy recommendations.

“Following Russian tampering in last November’s election it is imperative that we redouble our efforts when it comes to cybersecurity,” said Congressman Engel. “The bill I have authored, the Interagency Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, will require all agencies in the federal government to report cybersecurity incidents to the FCC, which will then recommend investigations and offer periodic reports on their findings to Congress. This bill is critical to both national security and the preservation of our personal information. Cybersecurity reforms like these must be a priority in this Congress.”

The Interagency Cybersecurity Cooperation Act is part of a slate of cybersecurity reforms introduced today by Democrats on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, including the Cybersecurity Responsibility Act offered by Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York, and the Securing IoT Act, offered by Rep. Jerry McNerney of California.

“House Democrats are offering concrete ideas to protect our networks and our private information from bad actors,” Engel said. “If Republicans are willing to set aside partisan politics and cooperate, we can make real progress on cybersecurity.”
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Please note this statement was originally published on March 2, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.