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Text of the Tough and Smart National Security Act

This bill was introduced on January 25, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 25, 2011 (Introduced).

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1st Session

S. 8


January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

(for himself, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Coons, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Begich, and Mr. Akaka) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


To strengthen America's national security.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tough and Smart National Security Act.


Sense of the Senate

It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should—


ensure that members of the Armed Forces, particularly those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and veterans get the support they need and deserve;


work with the President to attack al Qaeda and other terrorist groups with a comprehensive military, intelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, and diplomatic strategy;


confront the nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea;


enhance the tools of the United States Government for pursuing key national security interests, including fighting terrorism, preventing failed states, thwarting global pandemics, promoting democracy and development, securing nuclear materials and preventing nuclear proliferation, and combating narco-trafficking and drug-related violence around the world, including along our border with Mexico; and


reform cybersecurity policy to prevent cyber attacks on the United States Government and critical infrastructure, protect privacy and civil liberties, and implement mechanisms necessary to avert and respond to catastrophic cyber incidents.