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Bipartisan House Bill Would Give States $500M for Cybersecurity

Government Technology

Gopal Ratnam, CQ-Roll Call

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is drafting legislation that would provide as much as $500 million in annual grants to states and local governments to boost cybersecurity as financial fraud and ransomware attacks continue to cripple essential citizen services.

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation Subcommittee, said at a hearing last week that she soon planned to introduce the bipartisan legislation to provide the grants.

State and local governments remain the weakest link in the national cybersecurity chain, while private companies and...

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