Friday, September 7, 2018

House Passes HR 5576 – Cyber Sanctions

On Wednesday the House passed HR 5576, the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018, by a voice vote. The bill was considered under the suspension of the rules process with limited debate and no floor amendments.

The floor debate on the bill took a little longer than normal for bills considered under this process. This was not because of any opposition to the bill, but because of a rule requirement that the three Committee Chairs that did not take action (the Foreign Affairs Committee was the only committee to take action) on the bill chime in with their support for the bill.

The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. As is typical for most bills passed in the House, it is an open question whether or not this bill will see any action in the Senate. If the bill is considered, it will likely occur at the end of the day under the unanimous consent provisions with no debate and no actual vote.

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