Saturday, May 29, 2021

S 1260 Debate Continues – Endless Frontiers Act – 5-28-21

Yesterday the Senate continued their debate of S 1260, the Endless Frontiers Act. No action was taken on any amendments and no new amendments were introduced. When the Senate returns to Washington after their Memorial Day recess, the Senate is scheduled to take-up SA 1858 (pg S3279). Once action is complete with that amendment the Senate will consider the substitute language without having to complete a cloture vote.

Vote on the final bill is currently being scheduled for June 8th and will not (under the current agreement) require a cloture vote, but it will require a 60-vote supermajority to pass. As currently crafted the bill will only contain the cybersecurity provisions added in the substitute language.

Before the substitute language is voted upon, there is a chance that there will be a unanimous consent motion to consider a bundle of amendments. The exact composition of that bundle is still subject to negotiation, but there is a possibility that one or more of the cybersecurity amendments offered by this point may be included.

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