Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Committee Hearings – Week of 09-02-18

This week the House and Senate will both be back in Washington with spending bills high on the priority list for the month. There is one cybersecurity hearing of potential interest this week.

Cybersecurity Hearing

On Thursday two subcommittees of the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a hearing on “Understanding Cybersecurity Threats to America’s Aviation Sector”. There is no witness list available at this time.

While aircraft cybersecurity is a very likely topic, I expect that the main focus will be on cybersecurity for FAA systems, including airspace management systems.

On the Floor

We have two bills that will be considered in the House this week under their suspension of the rules process that may be of interest to readers of this blog. Again, this process calls for limited debate, no floor amendments and a super-majority to pass; generally speaking these are non-controversial bills. The two bills of interest this week are:

• Today - HR 6438 – DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act;
Wednesday - HR 5576 – Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018

There are two spending bills from the Senate that may see some action this week. First is the motion to go to conference on HR 6157, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees; this is mainly a proforma vote, though there is a remote (very remote) possibility that the House could accept the Senate amendments. That vote is expected today. Next is the expected conference report on HR 5895 – Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. This vote will come possibly later this week or next.

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