Herrera Beutler Helps Lead Bill to Allow Americans to Sue Foreign Governments for Damage Done by Cyberattacks


Earlier this week, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, helped introduce bipartisan legislation named the Homeland and Cyber Threat (HACT) Act.

According to a news release, the bill would allow Americans to make claims in federal or state courts courts against foreign states that engage in cyberattacks against citizens.

“A foreign government that sponsors cyberattacks on American citizens should be held accountable for its actions, and that’s why I’m helping introduce the HACT Act to remove immunity for these foreign state actors who have wronged Americans, and allow our citizens to pursue monetary damages,” Herrera Beutler said in a news release. “Congress should stop bad acting foreign nations from undermining our national security, and opening a path to seize assets they hold here in the U.S. as a consequence for misdeeds is a good place to start.”