For Immediate Release
Rep. Ritchie Torres Leads Effort to Push White House to Include Funding for Cybersecurity Protection in Infrastructure Package
Rep. Torres and Rep. Yvette Clarke, Chairwoman of the Homeland Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee, Pen Public Letter to President Biden to Prioritize Cybersecurity in American Jobs Plan
Washington, D.C.—Rep. Ritchie Torres (NY-15), Vice Chair of the House’s Homeland Security Committee, is leading a new letter urging President Biden to include funding for cybersecurity protection and cyber workforce training in the infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan. Rep. Torres was joined on the letter by Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-9), Chairwoman of the Homeland Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee.
- Establish a review board chaired by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and comprised of representatives from sector risk management agencies and the private sector, to review plans for certain large infrastructure projects to ensure that physical security and cybersecurity considerations are appropriately integrated,
- Include $100 million for cyber workforce training in the American Jobs Plan,
- Include $500 million grant program: HR 3138, State & Local Cybersecurity Act, in the infrastructure package. This grant would be administered through the Department of Homeland Security to help state and local governments make strategic investments in cybersecurity.
“The American Jobs Plan is necessary to rebuild traditional and non-traditional infrastructure to ensure the United States can build back better. At the same time, any 21st century investment in our infrastructure must go beyond physical infrastructure and include strong support for cybersecurity.