Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bills Introduced – 4-26-17

Yesterday both the House and Senate were in session. There were 59 bills introduced. Of those, only three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 2169 To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance information sharing in the Department of Homeland Security State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative, and for other purposes. Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]

HR 2173 To improve passenger vessel security and safety, and for other purposes. Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] 

HJ Res 99 Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes. Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]

The first two bills will only be of concern here if they contain specific cybersecurity language.

HJ Res 99 [.PDF text of resolution] is a short term continuing resolution moving the expiration date of the last year’s CR for FY 2017. The new expiration date would be May 5th, 2017. This provides additional time for Congress and the President to work out a deal to carry spending through until September 30th. This bill is very short and contains only one minor (pun intended) add-on, so it should be passed by voice votes in both the House and Senate before the Friday night deadline to avoid another shutdown fiasco.

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