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Congressmen Boyle Introducing Legislation to Prohibit Formation of Joint Cybersecurity Working Group with Russia

July 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement on his forthcoming legislation in response to President Trump's social media statement today that he would involve Russian President Vladimir Putin in a joint cyber security effort to protect U.S. elections:

"President Trump's desire to enlist Vladimir Putin in a joint cyber security effort to 'protect our elections' defies any shred of basic human logic and common sense. Under no circumstances can we allow the Russian government to learn our strategy and techniques for defending our cyber security.

This week during the legislative session, I will introduce standalone legislation to prohibit the United States from participating in any type of joint working group with Russia on cyber security efforts, and an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit such activities. Hiring Mr. Putin to protect our electoral process is like a homeowner hiring as a security guard the burglar that broke into her home."

Congressman Boyle has already introduced legislation (H.R. 1997) to improve U.S. cyber cooperation with our close ally Ukraine, which has suffered crippling cyber attacks at the hands of Russia.