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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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).
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) and Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan Hack Your State Department Act. The bill will strengthen cyber defenses for the State Department by tapping ethical hackers to identify vulnerabilities in State Department’s networks and data systems. This bill will establish a 'bug bounty' where authorized hackers can enter a State Department system, identify and disclose weaknesses and receive compensation.
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For days now, Washington has been awash with rumors that President Trump is about to fire more senior members of his administration. Trump himself has teased the changes to come more than once, including this comment yesterday.
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Washington, D.C. –Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement the USS Carl Vinson’s historic visit to Vietnam:
“We've come a long way since April 30, 1975, which marked the end of the Vietnam War. This week, we reached a new milestone in the U.S. - Vietnamese partnership as the USS Carl Vinson visits Da Nang, marking the first time that a US aircraft carrier had been in Vietnam since the close of the war over 43 years ago.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 – into law.
Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s Dictator and oppressor has launched over eighty missiles and detonated four nuclear weapons in his short six years as Supreme Leader of the oppressed nation of North Korea which has over 25 million people. His last nuclear detonation is claimed by North Korea to have been a hydrogen bomb approximately ten times more powerful than its last nuclear detonation.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement welcoming the announcement by China to forbid Chinese banks from doing business with North Korea.
Washington D.C. — Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, issued the following statement after North Korea latest ballistic missile test: