Thursday, September 28, 2023

Bills Introduced – 9-27-23

Yesterday, with both the House and Senate in session, there were eighty bills introduced. One of those bills may receive additional coverage in this blog:

HR 5759 To amend the National Quantum Initiative Act and the Cyber Security Research and Development Act to advance the rapid deployment of post quantum cybersecurity standards across the United States economy, support United States cryptography research, and for other purposes. Jackson, Jeff [Rep.-D-NC-14] 

I will be watching this bill for language and definitions that would specifically include industrial control systems and operational technologies within the scope of the requirements of the legislation.

Mention in Passing

I would like to mention two bills that were introduced yesterday that will probably not receive additional coverage in this blog:

HR 5750 To direct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of Agriculture to collaborate to determine the feasibility of creating the Green Nuclear Fertilizer Program, and for other purposes. Donalds, Byron [Rep.-R-FL-19]

S 2950 A bill to align the fiscal year with the calendar year. Kaine, Tim [Sen.-D-VA]

Donalds has been trying to drag the country into implementing advanced nuclear technology since he came into Congress. Unfortunately, he has not been a member of the committees to which his bills have been assigned for coverage which makes it very difficult to move the bills forward. And his association with the anti-McCarthy folks during the election of the Speaker does not make it any easier to gain bipartisan support for his legislation. Still, his efforts deserve recognition.

S 2950 looks to be very similar to HR 5612 which I mentioned in passing last week. If for no other reason than to reduce the need for continuing resolutions to give law makers additional time to work out spending deals (and contrary to what the Republican 11 hope, deals will almost always need to be made to move spending bills in a narrowly divided congress), these two bills deserve action.

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