Friday, March 31, 2023

Bills Introduced – 3-30-23

With the House leaving, and the Senate preparing to leave, Washington for their two week Easter Recess, there were 190 bills introduced. There were no further bills introduced providing for limitation on availability of funds by Rep Biggs (R,AZ). There were two bills that may receive additional attention in this blog:

S 1099 A bill to support research, development, and other activities to develop innovative vehicle technologies, and for other purposes. Peters, Gary C. [Sen.-D-MI]

S 1123 A bill to ensure computer programming, coding, and artificial intelligence capabilities in the Armed Forces, and for other purposes. Duckworth, Tammy [Sen.-D-IL]

I will be watching S 1099 for language and definitions that would specifically include vehicle cybersecurity research and development in the scope of the coverage to the bill.

I will be watching S 1123 for language and definitions that would specifically cybersecurity capabilities in the scope of the coverage of the bill.

A further note on Wednesday’s ‘limitation on availability of funds’ bills. The Congressional Record for Wednesday contains the usual “Constitutional Authority and Single Subject Statements” section that provides a listing by the sponsor for each bill introduced. The ‘Single Subject Statement’ for HR 1844 (the first of 521 ‘limitation’ bills) reports that: “The single subject of this bill is providing for a limitation on funding for a discretionary spending item.” These 521 bills do not address all of the discretionary spending in the annual budget (missing at least items from DOT, DOE, DHS and DOD), so I still suspect that further bills might be offered after the Easter break (or in the pro forma sessions during the break).

I am still waiting for the GPO to get around to printing the language of these bills to see what is actually going on here. We may see them during the Easter break, but I suspect that there are planned vacations at the GPO scheduled for these well-known congressional breaks, so maybe not. 

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