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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP. LIEU CO-LEADS INTRODUCTION OF CYBER DIPLOMACY ACT

September 14, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement upon introduction of the Cyber Diplomacy Act (H.R. 3776), legislation that Congressman Lieu co-led with a bipartisan group headed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel. The legislation establishes a high-level Office of Cyber Issues at the Department of State, requires a public international cyberspace strategy, and creates Congressional oversight over international cyber agreements.

“The U.S. cannot lead on international cyber issues if we don’t have anyone sitting at the negotiating table or a clearly-defined strategy to guide them. Rather than help the situation, the Trump Administration has made the mind-boggling decision to wind-down the already limited work the State Department conducts on cyber issues.”

“I am proud to join my colleagues today in rejecting that approach by introducing the bipartisan Cyber Diplomacy Act, which will build the structure, strategy and oversight at the State Department to ensure that U.S. leadership extends to the critical areas of cyberspace. As cyber issues continue to permeate every region and issue area – from intellectual property to human rights – setting international norms to guide states’ behavior and developing international agreements to enforce them will be more important than ever.”

THE FULL TEXT OF H.R. 3776 CAN BE FOUND HERE

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