Tuesday, September 21, 2021

House to Consider 2 Cybersecurity Bills – 9-21-21

Majority Leader Hoyer (D,MD) announced last night that the House could be taking up five bills today under the suspension of the rules process that were not included in the weekly plan for House action this week. Those bills include two pieces of cybersecurity legislation covered here in this blog:

HR 4611 – DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021, and

S 1917 – K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021

The suspension of the rules process in the House provides for limited debate, no floor amendments and requires a super-majority to pass. Bills are offered under this process when the House Leadership feels that there should be sufficient bipartisan support for a bill for it to achieve that supermajority approval.

There is a possibility that these bills will not be considered today as there is a bit of turmoil in the House. The House is also supposed to consider a continuing resolution, but the language of that bill has not yet been officially produced. That bill is supposed to be considered under a rule that was supposed to be developed yesterday, but as of this morning, the House Rules Committee web site did not have that rule published. These five bills may have been added as legislative filler material while backroom negotiations continue on the CR.

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