Another Bill For Your Consideration

I’ve decided to focus on legislation again for a few more days (or a week, whatever it takes).

If you’re curious about HR 676 (United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act), I have posted it in html format. You can also download it in PDF format as well. Click the link in the sidebar to read it for yourself.

You might want to take a look at Senate Bill 773 as well. It has nothing to do with health care, but it’s kind of scary in its own right. Here’s one section from the bill.

SEC. 18. CYBERSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY.

The President–

(1) within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, shall develop and implement a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy, which shall include–

(A) a long-term vision of the Nation’s cybersecurity future; and

(B) a plan that encompasses all aspects of national security, including the participation of the private sector, including critical infrastructure operators and managers;

(2) may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;

(3) shall designate an agency to be responsible for coordinating the response and restoration of any Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network affected by a cybersecurity emergency declaration under paragraph (2);

(4) shall, through the appropriate department or agency, review equipment that would be needed after a cybersecurity attack and develop a strategy for the acquisition, storage, and periodic replacement of such equipment;

(5) shall direct the periodic mapping of Federal Government and United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks, and shall develop metrics to measure the effectiveness of the mapping process;

(6) may order the disconnection of any Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks in the interest of national security;

(7) shall, through the Office of Science and Technology Policy, direct an annual review of all Federal cyber technology research and development investments;

(8) may delegate original classification authority to the appropriate Federal official for the purposes of improving the Nation’s cybersecurity posture;

(9) shall, through the appropriate department or agency, promulgate rules for Federal professional responsibilities regarding cybersecurity, and shall provide to the Congress an annual report on Federal agency compliance with those rules;

(10) shall withhold additional compensation, direct corrective action for Federal personnel, or terminate a Federal contract in violation of Federal rules, and shall report any such action to the Congress in an unclassified format within 48 hours after taking any such action; and

(11) shall notify the Congress within 48 hours after providing a cyber-related certification of legality to a United States person.

Please take the time to read both of the new bills I have posted. If you don’t read the bill you can’t argue a position (for or against it). Personally, I think this bill, like HR 3200, gives one person far too much power and authority. With HR 3200, it’s the Secretary of Health and Human Services, with SB 773, it’s the President of the United States.

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
James Madison