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house Bill H.R. 4361

Should Federal Agencies Take Steps to Prevent Cyberattacks Without Consulting Employees First?

Argument in favor

Federal agencies must be able to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their information from cyber-attacks, even if it means employees don’t know in advance.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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07/06/2016
E-mail is property of the company or agency you work for. If you want to do criminal activity just use your own server. (Note to average citizens: Try selling company secrets from your employer this way and see what happens.)
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SherryTX's Opinion
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07/07/2016
While at work employees don't need to have computer access to anything that isn't work related. There is no expectation of privacy on work computers.
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MrRoberts007's Opinion
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02/02/2017
No reason for any law abiding citizen to worry about this we need tighter cyber security.
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Argument opposed

This bill gives federal agencies the power to randomly restrict what employees can do without consulting with anyone, all under the guise of preventing cyber-attacks.

Josh's Opinion
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07/07/2016
"Any means necessary" seems a little too totalitarian
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Rkurilla's Opinion
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07/07/2016
The language is far too open and vague and could lead to unintended consequences.
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Anya's Opinion
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07/07/2016
I don't see why an organization cannot just send out a notification to all employees that cyber security measures are changing. If it's something confidential, it could be a very simple notification. It doesn't require that every employee know the cyber security secrets. ///// Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) explained in a statement opposing the bill that the bill gave agency leaders too much authority by allowing them to take “any action” necessary to secure information: “No matter what you believe about blocking employee access to email, this bill goes so far beyond that it loses the point. Could 'any action' mean violating the Privacy Act? Could 'any action' mean an agency can avoid required reports to Congress on cybersecurity?”
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 7th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 241 Yea / 181 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2016

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 21 - 16.
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    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-599.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 465.
  • action
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 803 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4361 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. Resolution also provides suspension authority through July 8, 2016.
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    Rule H. Res. 803 passed House.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 803.
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    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4361 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. Resolution also provides suspension authority through July 8, 2016.
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    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 803 and Rule XVIII.
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    The Speaker designated the Honorable Randy Hultgren to act as Chairman of the Committee.
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    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4361.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 803, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Palmer amendment no. 1.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 803, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Posey amendment no. 2, as modified.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 803, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Norton amendment no. 3.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Norton amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and announced by voice vote that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Norton demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 803, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Watson Coleman amendment no. 5.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Watson Coleman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and announced by voice vote that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Watson Coleman demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    Mr. Palmer moved that the Committee now rise.
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    On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4361 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
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    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4361.
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    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
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    The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
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    Mr. Thompson (CA) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Oversight and Government.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thompson (CA) motion to recommit with instructions pending reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment which would bring to the floor H.R. 1076, Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015; the "No Fly, No Buy" legislation; and H.R. 1217, Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015.
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    Mr. Chaffetz raised a point of order against the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contain provisions not germane to the bill. Sustained by the Chair.
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    Point of order sustained against the motion to recommit with instructions.
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    Mr. Thompson (CA) appealed the ruling of the chair. The question was then put on sustaining the ruling of the chair.
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    Mr. Chaffetz moved to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair.
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    On motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair Agreed to by recorded vote: 240 - 182 (Roll no. 375).
  • vote
    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 241 - 181 (Roll no. 376).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 7th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 241 Yea / 181 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2016

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