Beyer Introduces Amendment to Block Trump-Putin Election Hacking Agreement
Rep. Don Beyer introduced an amendment this morning to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act, that would block the federal government and Trump administration from implementing any cyber agreement the President made with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“Donald Trump’s proposal to form a ‘cyber security unit’ with Putin is a terrible idea that would immediately jeopardize American cybersecurity,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Trump must acknowledge that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and take strong, meaningful action to prevent it from happening again in future elections.”
The amendment says:
SEC. 1040. LIMITATION RELATING TO CERTAIN CYBER AGREEMENTS.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Defense may be obligated or expended to share intelligence, information, equipment, personnel, or facilities related to any cyber agreement entered into with Russia after December 31, 2016.
The House Committee on Rules will meet Tuesday evening to determine if the amendment will be made in order for cull consideration by the House later in the week. The text of the Beyer Amendment is posted on the Committee’s website here.