WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic
Leader-elect, Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed
Services, John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services,
and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services released
the following joint statement today in response to news reports on the CIA’s
analysis of Russian interference with the 2016 election:
«For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America’s physical,
economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property. Now
our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian
interference in our election should alarm every American.
«Congress’s national security committees have worked diligently to address the
complex challenge of cybersecurity, but recent events show that more must be done.
While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public
about recent cyberattacks that have cut to the heart of our free society. Democrats
and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the
Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive
solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks.
«This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country. We
are committed to working in this bipartisan manner, and we will seek to unify our
colleagues around the goal of investigating and stopping the grave threats that
cyberattacks conducted by foreign governments pose to our national security.»