Friday, July 3, 2020

Bills Introduced – 7-2-20

Yesterday with the Senate in Washington and the House meeting in pro forma session (and the extended 4th of July ‘weekend’ in the offing) there were 79 bills introduced. Two of these bills may receive additional coverage in this blog:

S 4195 A bill to authorize the Cybersecurity Education Training Assistance Program. Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]

S 4197 A bill to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] 

The S 4195 title is the same as the title for the third cybersecurity section added to S 4049 in the substitute language for that bill. It seems odd that Rosen would find it necessary to backstop that provision with a standalone version before the substitute language sees a vote. Anyway, I will look at this bill for language and definitions that would specifically include control system security training.

S 4197 is very interesting. As I noted earlier this morning, the Senate passed a CFATS extension bill (S 4148) the day before this bill was introduced and that bill was also introduced by Johnson. Does Johnson not think that the bill will be passed in the House? The other oddity with this bill is that it only has Republican cosponsors, the two other CFATS extension bills introduced by Johnson this week (S 4148 and S 4096) both were bipartisan bills. Once the GPO gets around to printing S 4197 and S 4096 a review of all three bills could be instructive.

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