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House Homeland Security Committee Seeks Increase in DHS Cyber Budget

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Members of the House Homeland Security Committee are urging the Appropriations Committee to increase the spending cap on the Department of Homeland Security cyber budget to address national security threats, FCW reported Monday.

Twenty-eight lawmakers from both parties stated in a letter dated April 10 that DHS needs to invest in operations under the recently created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

“Now that CISA has demonstrated it is up to the task, it is time for Congress to resource the agency to fully execute its critical homeland security mission,” the letter stated.

The lawmakers noted that there are increasing threats to critical infrastructure, federal data and election systems from various entities and enemy states.

“Despite the warning signs, investment in our federal civilian cybersecurity capabilities simply has not kept pace,” the letter stated.

Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee and ranking member Mike Rogers, R-Ala. were among the letter’s signatories.