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12-30-2015, 03:37 PM
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Congressman plans bill to repeal CISA-like legislation included in omnibus

By Kevin Collier
Dec 30, 2015, 7:53am CT

Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) plans to introduce legislation to undo a cybersecurity law that critics say secretly allows the federal government to spy on Americans.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 was included in Congress' year-end spending bill, a piece of must-pass legislation known as the omnibus.


“Many of my colleagues remain unaware that a massive surveillance bill was snuck into the omnibus,” Amash said in a statement provided to the Daily Dot. “And if they are aware, they may have been misled into believing this bill is about cybersecurity.”

On Dec. 18, the House passed the end-of-year omnibus bill, a $1.8 trillion catch-all that included everything from repeals of oil export bans to increased funding for the International Monetary Fund. Two days before its inevitable passage, lawmakers updated the bill to include language from the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), a bill that makes it easier for companies to share details of cyberattacks with the government but is universally loathed by privacy advocates.


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12-30-2015, 03:52 PM
Comments in r/politics are very positive. Also a top post on r/technology with 3266 points.


01-04-2016, 10:29 AM
Great way to start off the year. Go Amash!

01-18-2016, 01:48 PM
The bill is H.R. 4350 and has five cosponsors:

Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] - 1/8/2016
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] - 1/8/2016
Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 1/8/2016
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 1/8/2016
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 1/8/2016

He debunked five myths about the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 here: