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April 22, 2015

Sunset Provision Added to Cyber Legislation

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on passage of a bipartisan amendment he cosponsored to the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560). The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), will sunset the provisions in the legislation after 7 years. Last week, in the Committee on Homeland Security, Ranking Member Thompson offered a similar amendment to the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731). Reps. Thompson and Mulvaney will be offering a similar amendment to H.R. 1731 when it is considered on the House floor tomorrow.

"This necessary amendment will provide the administration and private sector the flexibility to move forward in protecting our networks and promote information sharing while ensuring that our oversight findings on the implementation of this bill are addressed in future reauthorization. Since the cyber-threat landscape is constantly changing, this amendment will simply guarantee that Congress will reexamine the programs in this bill, and will give us an opportunity to assess the procedures we put into place to make sure it has been effective and has appropriately protected our citizen's privacy and civil liberties."

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