Cybersecurity information-sharing bill to get Senate vote in October

October 6, 2015

Erin Kelly

The Senate is expected to take up a bipartisan cybersecurity bill later this month aimed at thwarting more massive hack attacks against the federal government and American companies, the bill's lead sponsors announced Tuesday.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to come to the Senate floor for debate beginning the week of Oct. 19. That's when senators return from a week-long recess for the Columbus Day holiday.

 

The bill has been stalled in the Senate for months, and supporters say it must be passed soon so that it can be reconciled with House-approved legislation and crafted into a final bill that lawmakers can pass by the end of this year. Proponents of the legislation want a vote this year because they fear that few substantive bills will be approved during the 2016 election year.

"We have both pestered our leadership to death to bring this to the floor," Burr said at the chamber's fourth annual cybersecurity summit. "There's no more compelling reason for us to do that than the last attack, the one before, and the one to come."

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