Representative Thompson says Build Back Better law addresses national security challenges

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US Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss), Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said the Build Back Better Act addresses pressing national security challenges.

Thompson said the legislation would include $ 1.5 billion in investments to improve the national cybersecurity posture, help secure places of worship from national and other terrorist threats, and step up the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

“I am pleased that the White House and Congressional leaders recognize the need for strategic investments in our national security infrastructure to protect the country from the wide range of threats we face, including cyber attacks, domestic terrorism and the climate change, ”Thompson said in a statement. declaration. “The enactment of the Build Back Better Act will help strengthen our cybersecurity posture to defend both government networks and critical infrastructure and make them more resilient. It includes $ 500 million in new investments to help accelerate the transition of state and local government networks to the .gov domain, for states to improve their ability to hire network advocates, and to modernize our approach to securing. federal networks and the growth of the cyber workforce. It also increases the ability of cybersecurity and infrastructure security to help critical infrastructure operators defend industrial control systems, including through the Cybersentry program.

Thompson said the law would provide $ 100 million to the nonprofit security grant program to secure churches, synagogues and mosques while providing $ 900 million in strategic investments to reduce DHS’s carbon footprint and mitigate the continuing effects of climate change.

“Homeland security funding provided under the Build Back Better Act aims to address three key national security challenges: improving our country’s cybersecurity posture, helping protect communities against national terrorism, and preparing to the very real effects of climate change, ”said Thompson.

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