Congressman Jim Langevin’s Statement on Today’s “Build Back Better” Homeland Security Committee Markup

Sep 14, 2021 Issues: Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement after the Committee voted to approve a historic $865 million investment in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):

“Today, the House Homeland Security Committee voted to approve $865 million in funding for CISA as part of the forthcoming Build Back Better Act. As our nation’s premier federal agency focused on protecting Americans from all nature of cyber threats, CISA is responsible for preventing malicious hacks and mitigating their potential damage. Today’s transformative investments will go a long way towards ensuring CISA has the necessary resources to work with the public and private sectors to secure our networks and make all Americans safer online.

“For far too long, Congress has waited until a cyber incident has already occurred before taking cybersecurity seriously. No more. Thanks to President Biden and Chairman Thompson’s visionary leadership, the Homeland Security Committee is proactively equipping the experts at CISA with the tools they need to strengthen our cyber defenses and continue to Build Back Better.”