Thursday, April 11, 2013

HR 624 Amended and Recommend in House Intel Committee

Yesterday the House Intelligence Committee held a mark-up hearing on HR 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). After 10 amendments were considered the bill was adopted on a bipartisan 17-2 vote. Six of the amendments were adopted by voice votes; the remaining amendments were defeated in identical 4-16 votes.

As expected all of the amendments were relatively minor tweaks to the language of the bill attempting to address privacy concerns with the information sharing provisions of the bill. Nothing was added (or attempted to be added) to the bill that would address control system security issues; this remains a pretty purely information technology security measure.

The bill will move to the floor of the House probably next week. There will almost certainly be an open rule for its consideration with a number of privacy amendments offered. The bill will, as it did last session, pass with a substantial bipartisan majority.  And just as likely, it will not be taken up by the Senate.

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