Tuesday, April 16, 2013

House Passes Three Cybersecurity Bills

Today the House considered and passed three cybersecurity bills with broad bipartisan support. All three bills were considered under suspension of the rules which requires a 2/3 vote for passage (I incorrectly said 3/5 the other day). The three bills were:

HR 756, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013, 402 – 16;
HR 967, the Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2012, 406 – 11; and
• HR 1163, the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013, 416 – 0.

As I expected the no votes were all Republicans; presumably over spending objectives.

If any of these bills make it to the floor of the Senate, they will almost certainly pass with similar bipartisan support. Last session versions of these bills passed in the House only to be ignored by Sen. Reid (D,NV) in the Senate because he was attempting to push through a comprehensive cybersecurity bill. With less pressure on Reid this year because of the President's cybersecurity executive order, there is an increased chance that these bills might be considered and passed in the Senate.

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