It was a big week for House Republicans — through paper and television they discussed the future of cybersecurity, America’s trade agenda, job creation, and defunding the President’s Executive Order. Check out what they had to say below!
House Committee of Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
“Mac Speaks With CNN About Terrorist Hack of Military“
CNN with Wolf Blitzer
“This tells us cyber is the new domain of warfare… We’re going to have to deal with cyber as a domain.”
“We in the Congress have the authority of the power of the purse — how we spend the money. And to be clear, we are funding Homeland Security. That will be funded. But we are not funding the President’s Executive Action, which is our authority to do so.”
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
“House Votes to Block President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration“
Fox News with Gretchen Carlson
“What happened in Paris last week is the exact reason we passed a responsible bill today to keep Americans safe and for counterterrorism. And when this bill reaches the President’s desk, he will have a choice.”
“Most Americans think of cyberattacks as just threats to their identity and financial information, such as the recent high profile data breaches on Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase. As the Sony attack has proven, though, we have now reached a new era of cyberterrorism where threats cause just as much damage and fear as a bomb threat.
“Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are increasingly hacking into U.S. companies and government networks for espionage purposes or financial gain. Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, described this loss of intellectual property as ‘the greatest transfer of wealth in history.’
“To prevent a crippling attack on our nation’s critical networks, U.S companies and the federal government must work together to combat those who wish to do us harm. As the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, I will lead a renewed effort this year with my partners in the House and Senate to build on the progress my committee made last Congress by removing the legal barriers for the private sector to share cyberthreat information. Only then will we be able to best prevent, detect and response to the growing cyberthreats today.”
“Our national debt is more than $18 trillion, and the American taxpayer is hurting. If we, as a country, have decided to spend taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars on funding science and research, then we need to spend wisely. Every dollar spent by the federal government must be spent just as the typical family deals with spending decisions on car payments, child care, food purchases and housing needs.
“There’s a reason Congress demands answers and accountability from our federal science agencies: to make our nation’s scientific research enterprise stronger and more helpful to our nation. The academic community forgets that federal science funding should be in the national interest.
“The first step toward eliminating wasteful spending should be increased transparency. At the moment, the only information available to the public about grants is a brief summary on the agency’s website written by the researcher.
“Congress has a responsibility to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and are focused on national priorities. In the new Congress, Republicans, the party of limited government, should propose legislation to eliminate the funding of wasteful projects—and focus on smart investments instead.”
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
“Congressional Proposal Offers Internet Rules Of The Road“
“We need unambiguous rules of the road that protect Internet users and can help spur job creation and economic growth. The rules we propose would prohibit blocking and throttling (the selective slowing of data), and also ensure that Internet service providers could not charge a premium to prioritize content delivery.
“Our nation’s current technology and telecommunications laws were meant for an era of rotary telephones, brick-sized cellular phones and expensive long-distance service. By acting legislatively, we can set aside the baggage and limits of an antiquated legal framework and work with the Federal Communications Commission to ensure the Internet remains the beacon of freedom and connectivity that defines America in the 21st century.
“By updating our communications laws for today’s online world, Congress can ensure the continued growth of our digital economy while preventing harmful government overreach.
“We have made this an early priority of this Congress, demonstrating we can come together on a bipartisan basis to protect the vitality of the Internet — now so indispensable to our economy and way of life. Enduring, long-term protections for our digital freedoms are something we should all support.”
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)
“A Trade Opportunity For Obama And The New Congress“
Wall Street Journal
“It’s time for Mr. Obama to persuade on trade. He must make use of the convening power of the executive to bolster his advocacy. His administration must work closely with Congress—to listen, explain, address problems and cut deals.
“So why does trade matter? First, Americans are feeling squeezed… Manufacturing workers who produce exports earn, on average, about 18% more, according to the Commerce Department. Their pay raise can be traced to the higher productivity of competitive exporting businesses.
“Second, the U.S. and world economies desperately need a shift from extraordinary governmental spending and zero-interest-rate monetary policies to growth led by the private sector. Sustained growth can only be generated by private investment, innovation and purchases.
“Third, U.S. foreign policy has been drifting. President Obama’s disengagements, have eroded confidence in America’s staying power. Trade policy can help re-establish America’s international economic commitment; U.S. economic interests underpin political and security ties.
“Just as American commerce in the 19th and 20th centuries sailed with missionaries, engineers and educators, so 21st-century trade, investment and business networks will promote the causes of civil society, human rights, the environment and gender equality.”
“Last week, the Nebraska Supreme Court eliminated that uncertainty when it ruled that Nebraska’s governor has the authority to approve the pipeline in his state. Obama has run out of excuses.
“The administration’s own State Department has conducted no fewer than five comprehensive reviews of Keystone, totaling over 22,000, pages which found the pipeline would be a boon to the American economy, improve the safety of oil transport and result in lower carbon emissions than any feasible alternative.
“Those benefits are directly related to the boon in oil and gas production made possible by mostly American advances in extraction technology. And they will be sustained for the foreseeable future by more of the same.
“As I said 18 months ago when the House adopted an earlier version of the pipeline’s authorization, this is not a close call. It’s time to build the Keystone Pipeline. Now.”