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Congressman Long's Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act Passes the House

Today, H.R. 4028, the Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act, sponsored by Representative Billy Long (R-MO) and cosponsored by Representatives Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Darren Soto (D-FL) passed the House of Representatives.

"I am thrilled that this bipartisan piece of legislation has passed the House of Representatives with wide support. The passage of this legislation brings us one step closer to making sure our nation's information technology supply chains are secure and free from dependence on foreign countries like China. We need to continue to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the whole-of-government strategy that is created through this legislation is properly implemented. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure this legislation becomes law,” said Congressman Long.

“Americans have seen the impact first hand of cyberattacks on American supply chains and critical infrastructure, and many are also rightly concerned about vulnerabilities in the U.S. information and communication technology industry. Today, the U.S. House passed the ICT Strategy Act and took a step toward building a whole-of-government approach that addresses these risks and strengthens resilience here at home,” said Spanberger. “Our legislation would take stock of critical information and communication technology and make sure that American companies can stay competitive and safe in an evolving field — while also reducing our dependence on companies that could pose a threat to our national security due to their close ties to foreign governments. I am proud to see our bipartisan legislation advance through the U.S. House, as I have long pushed to take the risks associated with vulnerable supply chains seriously and with urgency.”

“China is our adversary, plain and simple,” said Carter. “We’ve allowed ourselves to become too reliant on them and other countries for technologies and component parts critical to our national and economic security.  This overwhelming bipartisan vote is an important step towards re-shoring our supply chains and reducing our dependence on countries whose interests counter our own.  Let’s make sure it is not the last we take in this Congress or the future.”

Currently, far too many U.S.-based information and communications vendors rely on technology from foreign sources. The Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act will:

  • Require the Department of Commerce to submit a report to Congress 1 year after enactment that will:
    • Assess the competitiveness of information and communications technology vendors.
    • Assess the dependence of these vendors on foreign actors.
    • Identify what federal resources are needed to reduce the dependence of information and communications vendors on foreign actors.
  • Require the Department of Commerce to create a whole-of-government strategy that will bolster the economic competitiveness of U.S. information and communications vendors and reduce their reliance on foreign resources.