After Leading the Charge for Increased CISA Funding, Rep. Langevin Applauds Appropriations Committee for Allocating $2.42 Billion for Nation’s Premier Cybersecurity Agency

Jun 29, 2021 Issues: Budget, Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, issued the following statement in response to the House’s draft Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which allocates $2.42 billion for CISA:

“From the Colonial Pipeline hack to the JBS incident, the last several months have reminded Americans that our nation remains extremely vulnerable in cyberspace. If we are going to stop the current wave of ransomware and prevent another Solarwinds-like hack, Congress must step up to the plate and adequately fund CISA,” said Rep. Langevin. “I’m thrilled that the Appropriations Committee is allocating $2.42 billion for CISA, our nation’s premier cybersecurity agency, in line with the Solarium Commission’s recommendation. For months, I’ve been calling for Congress to allot more resources for CISA, and I’m so grateful to Chairwoman Roybal-Allard for her abiding commitment to shoring up our nation’s cyber defenses. I look forward to partnering with CISA to defend and secure our critical infrastructure against those who seek to harm us.”

In April, Rep. Langevin sent a letter with his Solarium Commission colleague Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) to appropriators asking for an additional $400 million investment in CISA’s budget to “reflect the growing importance of a resilient and secure cyberspace on American lives and livelihoods.” The lawmakers wrote that forgoing a substantial increase in funding, “will delay implementation of key authorities Congress just passed to strengthen CISA and perpetuate gaps in federal network security that have been exposed by the rising threats in this new domain.”

The full Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill is set to be considered by a key subcommittee tomorrow.