House Passes Boyle Amendment to Strengthen US-Ukraine Cyber Cooperation
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13)’s amendment to require the U.S. State Department to report to Congress on it efforts to establish cyber security cooperation between the United States and Ukraine as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The amendment is modeled off Boyle’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, which passed the House on February 7, 2018 by a vote of 404-3. The amendment now advances as part of the NDAA; must-pass legislation enacted annually which awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate.
Specifically, the amendment reaffirms the United States-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership and the importance of the bilateral relationship, and specifies areas for enhanced cooperation such as defense, security, economics and trade. It also promotes continued cooperation between NATO and Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s political and economic reforms. Congressman Boyle released the following statement upon passage of his amendment:
“For far too long, Russia has been using Ukraine as a field test for cyber attacks that endanger the national security of our great ally Ukraine, its regional neighbors, and the United States. This legislation will assist Ukraine’s efforts to enhance its cybersecurity capabilities, and improve Ukraine’s ability to respond to Russian-supported disinformation and propaganda efforts in cyberspace, including through social media and other outlets.”
Ukraine has been repeatedly targeted by cyber attacks as a part of ongoing aggression from neighboring Russia. Congressman Boyle has been an outspoken advocate for robust U.S.-Ukraine relations since elected to Congress. He serves as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on the Middle East and North African, and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.