Tammy Duckworth on Technology
Longer-term government funding for infrastructure needs
Members of the Illinois Democratic delegation announced the results of a Department of Transportation audit report that made 42 recommendations as a result of the Sept. 26, 2014, fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center. The Democratic
members used the report to make a push for longer-term government funding while Congress was debating a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11.
"We can't continue to lurch from one extension to the next,
we must come up with a plan before the end of the year to seriously address our nation's infrastructure needs," the Illinois members, including Sen. Richard Durbin, Rep. Tammy Duckworth and 4 other Democratic representatives, said in a joint statement.
Duckworth is running against Kirk for his seat.
But Kirk's office said the senator had already secured funding to improve security measures at Federal Aviation Administration facilities and last week's audit was information that was already known.
Source: Roll Call e-zine on 2016 Illinois Senate race
, Oct 6, 2015
Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government.
- CISPA conducts federal cybersecurity activities to provide shared situational awareness enabling integrated operational actions to protect, prevent, and recover from cyber incidents.
Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
Opponent's Argument for voting No:
- Rep. SINEMA: We need a 21st century solution for this 21st century problem. This bill ensures that research and development, intellectual property, and software code is no longer being stolen by China, Iran, and Russia.
- Rep. MAFFEI: We've already seen state actors like the People's Republic of China pursue widespread data theft from American computer networks. This is a clear and present danger.
Reference: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act;
; vote number 13-HV117
on Apr 18, 2013
- Rep. McNERNEY: I'm concerned with the civil protections not required in H.R. 624. Businesses should be required to remove personally identifiable information before submitting data to Federal agencies.
- CNet.com: Rep. Ron Paul warned that
CISPA represents the "latest assault on Internet freedom"; that "CISPA is Big Brother writ large." CISPA would permit, but not require, Internet companies to hand over confidential customer records to federal agencies. What sparked the privacy worries--including opposition from the ACLU and the Republican Liberty Caucus--is the section of CISPA that says "notwithstanding any other provision of law." By including the word "notwithstanding," CISPA's drafters intended to make their legislation trump all existing laws. It would render irrelevant wiretap laws, Web companies' privacy policies, and more.
- Rep. LOFGREN: CISPA could allow any private company to share vast amounts of sensitive, private data about its customers with the government. CISPA would override all other privacy laws, and allow a private company to share nearly anything--from the contents of private emails to medical records--as long as it "directly pertains to" a broadly defined "cyber threat."
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