Hastings Amendments to the Defense Appropriations Bill Adopted in the House of Representatives

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Washington, D.C., June 28, 2018 | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after his amendments to the H.R.6157, the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2019, were adopted by the House of Representatives:

“I was pleased to offer a number of amendments to the FY19 Defense Appropriations Act that were adopted with bipartisan support this week. These amendments will direct millions of dollars to cybersecurity training and recruitment, and congressionally directed peer-reviewed breast cancer research,” said Congressman Hastings.

Background:

Hastings Amendment #4 allocates an additional $5 million for the training and retention of cybersecurity professionals within the Department of Defense. The amendment was co-sponsored by Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

“We all understand the importance of prioritizing cybersecurity and the defense of cyberspace, because the challenges we face today will continue to grow. Actors half a world away are targeting our hospitals, banks, and financial networks – not to mention military installations. Attacks are getting more sophisticated, and they are happening every single day. We must ensure that the necessary resources for training the next generation of cybersecurity specialists are made available now – wherever they are needed. I am pleased to have worked with the Appropriations committee to bring this amendment to the floor,” further noted Hastings.

Hastings Amendment #16 allocates an additional $5 million for the Congressionally Directed Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program. The amendment was co-sponsored by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Peter King (R-NY).

“Earlier this year, I worked with Representatives McGovern, Costello, and King to request ample funding for the DOD Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program. This program is innovative and competitive, and is designed to fill gaps in medical research in areas that are traditionally underfunded. This year, an estimated 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in our country. The program is vital, and I am pleased to have worked with the Appropriations committee to ensure it has the highest amount of funding possible for the coming fiscal year,” concluded Hastings.

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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