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Rep. Jim Langevin Calls on Congress to Limit Committees with Cyber Oversight

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Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said Congress should reduce the nearly 80 groups of lawmakers that have authority over cyber issues to speed up the decision making process, Nextgov reported Tuesday. He's requested congressional leaders limit the number of committees and create a time frame for how long lawmakers could work on each cyber-related bill. 

Langevin, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, said the current congressional committee structure leads to slow approval of cyber legislation. The process could affect how the U.S. government improves its cyber posture amid the rapidly changing threats.

“We as a Congress are going to have to move with greater agility to respond to the cybersecurity threats we face going forward, and we can’t do it under the current construct,” Langevin said during the recent 2019 State of the Net conference.

He suggested the House Homeland Security Committee lead discussions on cyber in Congress.

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