December 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – During today’s full committee markup on H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an amendment introduced by Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) that will help curb cyberattacks in the Ukraine, including through the use of social media.

“We have proof that Russia has continuously used cyberattacks to influence elections and push pro-Russia propaganda,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Today’s passage of my amendment to curb these cyberattacks, particularly in the Ukraine and through the use of social media, furthers our commitment to cooperating with Ukraine both bilaterally and through NATO to address cyber and other security threats.

“I call on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to support this effort to improve the Ukraine’s domestic cybersecurity capabilities in an effort to reduce its reliance on Russia and Russian technology once and for all.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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