CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN REJECTION OF CYBERSECURITY AMENDMENT IN NDAA

May 19, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to the Republican-led House Rules Committee ruling an important cybersecurity amendment (Number 136) out of order during debate of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The Amendment would have prohibited using funds to mandate or request “backdoors” into commercial products (such as mobile devices) that can be used to circumvent encryption or security protections.  Rep. Lieu was a co-author of the Amendment, joining a bi-partisan group of members – Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Justin Amash (R-MI) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA).

“I am deeply disappointed and equally concerned that House Republicans continue to put politics ahead of national security.  In March, Budget Committee Republicans rejected my amendment to fund the Information Technology Modernization Fund.  Yesterday, House Rules Committee Republicans refused to let an important “backdoor” cybersecurity NDAA amendment come to the floor for a vote.  It is clear that House Republicans are not prioritizing cybersecurity.  It is shortsighted and dangerous to let our national security be endangered by inaction on the increasingly urgent issue of cybersecurity.”

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