Thursday, November 21, 2013

Senate to Close S 1197 Debate Friday

A cloture motion to end debate on S 1197, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, was filed yesterday and there will be a vote on the motion on Friday. This raises the possibility that a final vote on the bill could take place before the Thanksgiving recess.


As part of the unanimous consent motion to continue debate today on the bill, a deadline for 1 pm today was established for the filing of first-degree amendments to the bill. Yesterday there were again a large number of amendments offered to S 1197. This time there were a number of cybersecurity related amendments. Four of those were minor wording changes to existing cybersecurity provisions (SA 2352 – SA 2355) offered by Sen. Landrieu (D,LA).

The only other cybersecurity related amendment was offered by Sen. Moran (R,KS) would modify the wording of §945 concerning the use of National Guard personnel in a cybersecurity role. I have not had a chance to review all of the substitute wording but the significant provisions that I described in the original bill are still there.

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