Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Review - House Considering S 1605 – New FY 2022 NDAA

This evening the House will be taking up S 1605, a bill to designate the National Pulse Memorial in Orlando, FL. Instead of the language adopted in the Senate, the House will consider substitute language making the bill the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. If, as expected, this bill passes tonight in the House, the Senate will take up the bill under the abbreviated processes (no further amendments) used to accept a House amendment to a Senate passed bill.

The bill was crafted in much the same way as a conference committee would do after the two houses of Congress passed separate versions of a bill. Instead of an appointed conference committee (which for an NDAA would be mainly the Armed Services Committees supplemented by committee representatives for significant non-defense matters included in the bill), this substitute language was crafted by essentially just the Armed Services Committees using the House passed version of HR 4350 and the Senate Amendment SA 3867 substitute language from the Senate. There has been a Joint Explanatory Statement published which explains how the bill was crafted.

As I write this, the House is actively debating HR 1605 with one hour set aside for this debate. Various procedural matters will follow. The House expects to vote on this bill later tonight. I expect that it will pass with some level of bipartisan support (and bipartisan opposition).

For more details about the cybersecurity provisions included in the bill, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - https://patrickcoyle.substack.com/p/house-considering-s-1605-new-fy-2022 - subscription required.

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