Defense and National Security
National defense is a key function of the Federal government. While we must always strive to protect our citizens, we must be careful that our protection does not infringe on our civil liberties. The PATRIOT Act and similar legislation, while well-intentioned, need strong reforms to ensure that privacy and liberty are protected. Recent events have proven the need for strong reforms at the NSA and other agencies. As such, I am a proud cosponsor of of the LIBERT-E Act and the NSA Inspector General Act. The LIBERT-E Act eliminates the authority the NSA uses to broadly collect citizen's data and the NSA Inspector General Act brings accountability to the agency. I am a proponent of a stong national defense, but our nation is only as strong as our bedrock--the Constitution. I believe our Founders knew that national security and liberty can go hand-in-hand. We must always work towards a Federal government that achieves that balance.
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Washington D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after hearing the Army Corps of Engineers announced they would include approximately $32.389 million in funding in their 2018 Work Plan in support of the JAXPORT Harbor deep dredge navigation project.
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for JAXPORT, our district, and our local and state economy. I am honored the administration granted our request, and I am proud of our office’s efforts to help secure these funds.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after he voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2019.
The Trump administration says that if the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea fails or doesn’t happen at all, the United States and its allies can go right back to the “maximum pressure” campaign that brought Kim Jong Un to the table in the first place. In reality, doing that would be difficult if not impossible. The pressure is already diminishing.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted. S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statements after a full committee mark up of their Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD) - H.R. 5105.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill that would incentivize ethical hackers to hunt for vulnerabilities in the State Department’s digital systems.
The legislation would direct the department to set up a pilot “bug bounty” program to pay security researchers for discovering and reporting vulnerabilities in the department’s public internet-facing systems.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after President Trump announcement that the United States will withdraw from the flawed Iran nuclear deal.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted. S. Yoho (R-FL) issued the following statement on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State:
“The Senate made the right choice in confirming Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. With so many tension points around the world, U.S. Foreign Policy needs competent leadership to guide the State Department and our national security agencies. I feel Secretary Pompeo is the leader we need at this time and I look forward to working with him to advance our foreign policy goals abroad.”
From his perch on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., has introduced a proposal that he says will protect the nation from cyberattacks.
Yoho, the chairman of the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, brought out the “Cyber Deterrence and Response Act” on Wednesday. The proposal sets up a three-step process for the federal government to identify, deter and respond to state-sponsored cyberattacks.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) on Wednesday rolled out a new cyber deterrence bill that aims to establish a process for the federal government to identify, deter and respond to state-sponsored cyberattacks against the United States.
The bipartisan legislation, the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018, lays out a three-step process that would require the sitting president to identify who the aggressors are and designate them as “critical cyber threats,” and then impose sanctions in response to the malicious cyber activity.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) introduced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 5576). This bipartisan bill will create a three-step process for identifying, deterring and responding to malicious, state-sponsored cyberattacks. The bill has the support of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and ranking member Eliot Engel (D-NY), as well as Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ted Poe (R-TX), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Mark Meadows(R-NC), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Joaquin Castro (D-TX).