Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the DHS Cybersecurity Summit on July 31, 2018. (DHS photo)

WATCH: Pence Calls on Senate to Create New Cyber Agency at DHS

Vice President Mike Pence told the DHS Cybersecurity Summit in New York on Tuesday that “this critical issue requires more than new funding.”

“America also needs a central hub for cybersecurity,” he said. “And today we call on the United States Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and, before the end of this year, enact legislation to create a new agency under the authority of DHS. The time has come for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to commence.”

Pence said the agency “will bring together the resources of our national government to focus on cybersecurity.”

The vice president also acknowledged during the speech that “while other nations certainly possess the capability, the fact is Russia meddled in our 2016 elections.”

“That is the unambiguous judgment of our intelligence community,” he added.

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