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March 3, 2016
Cyber in the Spotlight
           Congressman Langevin speaks at a URI symposium on cybersecurity

Dear Friends,

Nearly a decade after I became deeply interested in and committed to cybersecurity as an issue of economic and national security, cyber is exactly where it should be: in the spotlight. Momentum has been building for years, with legislators, intelligence officials, tech professionals and the President calling for action to strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses. Progress has been made, but its pace pales in comparison with the rapidly evolving technologies upon which our nation has become dependent for banking, infrastructure, finance, and more. You name it, there’s a cyber component.

That’s why I was so thrilled to see bold action undertaken by President Obama in his Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP).

The proposal invests $19 billion in cybersecurity – a 35 percent increase that is desperately needed in order to prioritize research, mitigate cyber risks, and modernize outdated government IT systems. I am particularly pleased with the focus on providing a more centralized cyber leadership within the government, a structure I have championed in my Executive Cyberspace Coordination Act. I likewise support the establishment of a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity – an effort that I believe will lay the groundwork for a more secure future. Just as important, the CNAP promotes cybersecurity education and training, ensuring we have a pipeline of talent to carry out these critical cyber jobs of the future.

This plan is not a complete answer. As I have often said, cybersecurity is a problem that can never be solved, only managed. We must continue to invest in cybersecurity, but I am hopeful that we can leverage this increased attention to more effectively address the cyber challenges of tomorrow.

Follow my work on cyber and more on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

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Congressman Langevin speaks with Senator Reed
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As the Energy Task Force Chair for the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, I believe that environmental protection is a critical issue facing our nation, which is why I was so honored and excited to receive a 100% on the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) 2015 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard includes 35 House votes ranging from attempted overrides of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, to votes funding clean energy, promoting fisheries conservation, and supporting animal protection.
 
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For the 16th consecutive year, I am thrilled to be hosting my High School Art Competition. High school students who reside in the Second District are eligible to compete for a grand prize trip to Washington, DC, a college scholarship and the honor of having their work hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Participants must submit entries by Monday, March 28. Visit my website or call 401-732-9400 to learn more.
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