REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS AMENDMENTS TO SUPPORT CYBER SCHOLARSHIP AND DIRECTED ENERGY MISSILE DEFENSE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the House passage of two amendments he co-led with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) to the national security spending bills for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 3219). Amendment #64 increases funding for the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program by $10 million, while Amendment #65 increases R&D funding by $20 million for the Missile Defense Agency’s directed energy program for boost-phase missile defense.
“Protecting national security means meeting not only today’s challenges but those of the future. I am proud that the House of Representatives today adopted two forward-thinking amendments I introduced with my friend and colleague Jim Langevin. As a computer science major, I know that one of our nation’s biggest obstacles to improving cybersecurity is recruitment. Funding DoD’s Cyber Scholarship will help ensure that the next generation has the necessary skills to fight the cyber battles and defend DoD’s networks. On missile defense, directed energy programs such as high-energy lasers represent the most promising solutions we have to disable ICBM’s during the initial boost-phase, which has become increasingly important in light of North Korea’s recent missile tests. I applaud Congressman Langevin for taking the lead on these important issues, and I commend the House for taking these two bipartisan steps for national security.”