WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with his Republican colleague U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), helped secure a bipartisan provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to bolster Ukraine’s cybersecurity capacities in light of Russia’s continued aggression. The amendment passed in the Senate today as part of the NDAA.

“Ukraine has been the target of several recent cyberattacks, and we must support its efforts to build a strong line of defense against these attacks,” said Brown. “Strengthening Ukraine’s cyber capabilities must be part of U.S. efforts to help the country fend off Russian aggression. I was proud to work with the Ukrainian-American community on this bill.”

Brown has supported Ohio’s Ukrainian community. Brown – ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee – helped broker the bipartisan deal between the Senate and House of Representatives to hold Russia, Iran and North Korea accountable, including holding Russia accountable for its aggression in Ukraine. Brown helped lead the negotiations as part of his role as ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over economic and financial sanctions. The bill was signed into law in August.