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Committee Passes Bills to Bolster Cybersecurity, Enhance Overall Homeland Security

May 18, 2021

Committee Passes Bills to Bolster Cybersecurity, Enhance Overall Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security advanced seven bills to enhance the nation’s overall security posture, including measures to bolster cybersecurity, improve supply chain resilience, combat human trafficking, and ensure the readiness of the DHS workforce.

Notably, the Committee passed several bipartisan bills in response to recent cyber incidents impacting federal, state, and local governments and the private sector. In addition, the Committee advanced Ranking Member Katko’s Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act to mitigate risk to critical supply chains and improve the long-term economic security of the United States.

“As many Americans witnessed just last week, cyber attacks have the potential to disrupt our daily lives and impact our economic and national security,” said Ranking Member Katko. “The Committee’s passage of several cyber-focused bills represents critical progress toward improving our cyber resilience and making sure our country is better prepared to mitigate attacks like this in the future.

“In addition, I appreciate the Committee’s support of my bill, the Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act, to address vulnerabilities in our critical supply chains. The COVID-19 pandemic reminded us that the United States is overly dependent on adversarial nations like China for critical goods, technologies, and supplies. Economic security is homeland security, and shoring up our supply chains is an important mission.

“Finally, I commend Reps. Meijer and Miller-Meeks for their efforts to establish and enhance critical programs within the Department of Homeland Security. Together, our members are taking action on multiple fronts to ensure a safer and stronger nation for all Americans.”

A full list of bills passed by the Committee is below:

  • H.R. 3264, The Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act, introduced by Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY)
  • H.R. 2795, The DHS Blue Campaign Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)
  • H.R. 3263, The DHS Medical Countermeasures Act, introduced by Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA)
  • H.R. 2980, The Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • H.R. 3138, The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
  • H.R. 3223, The CISA Cyber Exercise Act, introduced by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)
  • H.R. 3243, The Pipeline Security Act, introduced by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)