Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HR 1560 Amended and Passed in House

This afternoon the House passed HR 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, by a bipartisan vote of 307 to 116. Even the no votes were largely bipartisan 37 Republicans and 79 Democrats.
Earlier in the day the House adopted all five of the amendments  included in the debate by the House Rules Committee. Only one of those required a voice vote and that was strongly bipartisan as well; 313 to 110.

As I noted yesterday, the House will take up HR 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015. That bill is also expected to pass, though I don’t expect all eleven amendments to be adopted before the final vote. That bill does contain language providing for a specific role for the DHS ICS-CERT in the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. To that extent, it does obliquely address industrial control system security.

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