Reflecting a 21st Century America

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Republican Leadership Press Conference:
April 27, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:

“As elected Representatives, we have a constitutional responsibility to restore ‘We, the People’ in our federal government. It starts by rebuilding people’s trust in our ability to do the people’s work, and that includes protecting privacy rights — including when it comes to our email inboxes, and our text messages.

“When the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was first introduced, it was 1986. It was a different time back then. The phone was actually stuck to the wall, you weren’t texting, [and] Mark Zuckerberg was a toddler.

“The writers couldn’t have possibly imagined the growth and innovation that we have experience over the last 30 years. This law is long overdue for an update.

“Digital Due Process is necessary to protect our private information. This constitutional right must be protected in this century, just like it was in the last, and I applaud Congressman Yoder’s  great work on this bill.

“This is about ensuring our laws and our standards reflect a 21st Century America — a confident America — where ‘We, the People’ feel secure in our lives.”