Sewell Cybersecurity Amendment to Intelligence Authorization Act Passes Committee

Intelligence Committee unanimously passes FY18 IAA with Rep. Sewell cybersecurity amendment

On Thursday, the Intelligence Committee unanimously advanced the bipartisan Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, including an amendment offered by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL). The annual IAA ensures that the programs and activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), including Department of Defense (DoD) intelligence elements, are ratified in law and have adequate resources to protect the nation from local and foreign threats. Rep. Sewell offered an amendment to the FY18 IAA to strengthen protections against election-related cyber threats.

“Our national security is truly a bipartisan issue and this legislation is a reflection of both parties’ shared commitment to the safety and security of all Americans,” said Rep. Sewell. “This bill helps provide our intelligence community with the necessary resources and capabilities to defend our nation against ongoing and emerging threats around the world.”
“One of the greatest threats to our democracy today is the vulnerability of our elections to cyber-attacks. That is why I introduced an amendment to this year’s IAA that provides our lawmakers, election officials, campaigns, and the public with additional information and resources to defend our democracy against emerging cyber threats. Our intelligence community warns that if we do not act on this issue, our democracy will again fall victim to Russian cyber-threats. The cybersecurity of our elections shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and I was proud to see our Committee take a step forward together by passing my amendment.”

The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is also responsible for the House investigation Russia’s attack on American elections in 2016. As a Member of the Committee, Rep. Sewell has heard testimony from high-ranking intelligence officials who agree that another cyberattack by Russia is imminent should the United States fail to act.