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house Bill H.R. 5576

Should the President Respond to Foreign States' Cyberattacks Under a Formal Process?

Argument in favor

State-sponsored cyberattacks are on the rise, and it’s important to fight them with every tool in the U.S. government’s arsenal. This includes broad sanctions and punishments for individuals and state actors involved in cyberattacks against the U.S. – and this bill is a necessary expansion of the president’s power to impose such consequences.

Hans's Opinion
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09/05/2018
Sure! Send out a tweet! Lol. In all seriousness this response would require more than the intellectual capital that we have in the White House and Congress combined at this time.
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Fritz 's Opinion
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09/05/2018
Our government has been attacked. We have a obligation to defend ourselves
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Lynn's Opinion
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09/05/2018
Yep. Formal declaration of war. That’s what it is, after all.
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Argument opposed

The White House and executive branch agencies already have the authority to use all the sanctions and tools in this bill — and there’s no need for a more formalized structure to ensure action is taken.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/05/2018
Any other President and I would seriously consider it, but not this one. This one can’t be trusted with anything. Who’s to say he won’t try to steer things for his benefit? He has for everything else.
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Adam's Opinion
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09/05/2018
1) We need to draft a piece of legislation that acknowledges cyber attacks are the equivalent of an actual attack on domestic soil. 2) we need to secure our cyber security systems and modernize to prevent any previous bugs 3) #45 is not trust worthy to be in charge of our security. He would keep face with our enemies to prop his own ego before willing to do what’s right for the American public’s safety.
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Traci's Opinion
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09/05/2018
The president should not be involved with the topic at all. There are entire departments of various agencies who handle this subject.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed September 5th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 18th, 2018

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    Sure! Send out a tweet! Lol. In all seriousness this response would require more than the intellectual capital that we have in the White House and Congress combined at this time.
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    Any other President and I would seriously consider it, but not this one. This one can’t be trusted with anything. Who’s to say he won’t try to steer things for his benefit? He has for everything else.
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    1) We need to draft a piece of legislation that acknowledges cyber attacks are the equivalent of an actual attack on domestic soil. 2) we need to secure our cyber security systems and modernize to prevent any previous bugs 3) #45 is not trust worthy to be in charge of our security. He would keep face with our enemies to prop his own ego before willing to do what’s right for the American public’s safety.
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    The president should not be involved with the topic at all. There are entire departments of various agencies who handle this subject.
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    The White House and executive branch agencies already have the authority to use all the sanctions and tools in this bill — and there’s no need for a more formalized structure to ensure action is taken. I’m also against giving the executive more unilateral power.
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    Absolutely not!! The country can’t afford anymore sustained damage or missteps by the current president. Once someone educated and stable assumes the office then revisit this!
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    Not THIS President
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    Instead of responding to attacks across the Internet, the US should make its systems secure.
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    What is a formal process? You mean calling the U.N.?? Hahahaha! The World Criminal Court? Hahahaha! No! You Cyber Attack right back! A lot of our government agencies invest a lot of money into the security of their systems against cyber attacks from foreign entities mostly foreign governments! The United States Air Force and Navy as well as CIA and NSA have small armies that do nothing but look at computer monitors and track stuff!! The big corporations are constantly under cyber attack from all over the world! The taxpayer however must not be held accountable for paying the tab of say there is a government agency helping to protect them except Defense Contractors!
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    Giving Trump more unilateral power is exceedingly dangerous.
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    Timely! In this instance, with current POTUS, and the known and recognized erratic behavior and doubtful reliability of his judgement in many diverse circumstances, No More Unilateral power must be encouraged to be practiced by this POTUS-unless. Indispensable oversight by Congress is asserted with their authorizing or denying his selected course of action.
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    We don’t need any new laws. The ones we have are perfect. All we need is a President that isn’t Compromised and under the control of a foreign state. Ie..Russia!
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    The president can make recommendations on punishment for those countries who commit cyber attacks against the U.S but Congress should have the final authority. We need to quit taking power away from one branch and giving it to another. We have three separate branches for a reason with three separate duties and power.
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    This president needs to protect the country whether formally or informally!!! Just do it!!!!
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    I believe that our computer techs need to design programs that block these attacks. If we leave it to our Treasonous and obstruction of justice President, he will make a mess out of it, and cause more harm to the American people.
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    Of course! The man must get off twitter!
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    Our government has been attacked. We have a obligation to defend ourselves
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    I don't trust this president and refuse to expand his power. Congress needs to hold the reins on responding to any act of war, including cyber attacks.
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    Quick! Somebody blame Obama! He should have prevented the felony conspiracy (conspiracies?) that Trump used to secure the presidency! Ignore the man behind the curtain.
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    The President acts as if he supports the cyber attacks through his denial of DOJ proof of Russian involvement.
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