On Thursday, May 2nd Congressman Earl Blumenauer hosted Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois for the 11th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon!
Cybersecurity experts in government and the private sector agree that the biggest impediments to strengthening cybersecurity are obstacles that prevent the sharing of cyber threat information. The intent of the bill before the House, H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is laudable in that it eliminates some of those obstacles. Security and privacy, however, should not be mutually exclusive and CISPA does not go far enough to protect privacy. This is the bottom line for me, my constituents, and I hope the Obama Administration, and why I oppose this legislation.
I welcome the President’s budget, which marks the first time since 2009 that the House, Senate, and the President have all submitted budgets. This is a start, but the larger question is whether Congress can actually use the budgeting process to show how we will do business differently. The major issues we have to address to fix the budget and our current deficit are spending on defense, health care, and the tax system itself.