New Year's Resolutions

Jan 2, 2015
    Congressman Langevin speaks at a cybercrime and security panel at URI

Dear Friends,

It’s a New Year and a new Congress, and as we begin this session, I am hopeful that it will be a more productive year. Our to-do list is long and I am eager to get back to work on behalf of the people of Rhode Island.

At the top of my list, and on the minds of many Americans right now, is cybersecurity. While the hack of Sony Pictures targeted one private company – joining the ranks of Target, Staples, Home Depot and many more – it is a stark reminder of how vulnerable we are to broader cyber-attack. Everything from our electric grid and wastewater treatment to banking and health care are online and therefore at risk. We need to close the aperture of vulnerability before the worst cyber weapons find their way into the hands of the worst actors.

I have been sounding the alarm for more than six years. I created the first-ever Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and authored the first cybersecurity legislation to pass either chamber of Congress. If there were any doubts that cyber threats pose a grave danger to the United States, the Sony hack is one of the clearest indications to date that those doubts are just wrong. The new Congress should act without delay to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation and increase our nation’s cyber preparedness.

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            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Rep. Langevin with Denise Poyer
Environmental Victory
I first introduced the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Protection Act, which called for a study on the rivers contained within the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed, in 2010. Any portions deemed appropriate for classification under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System would then be eligible for federal funding, providing additional support and protections for a vital natural resource. I kept fighting for the bill, and I’m proud to report that it passed. This legislation has been a long time coming, and its enactment recognizes the important role these waterways play in the Rhode Island economy.
 
Congressman Langevin provides over the US House of Representatives
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