Major cyber bill expected in omnibus

December 15, 2015

Corey Bennett

A major cybersecurity bill will likely be included in a sweeping omnibus spending deal expected late Tuesday night, according to multiple people with knowledge of the talks.

“All indicators look positive, but we’ll find out when it gets filed later tonight,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul told The Hill just before a 6:30 p.m. vote.

As of Tuesday afternoon, lawmakers had essentially completed the final compromise text of three cyber bills that encourage businesses to share more data on hackers with the government.

For the last few weeks, negotiators have targeted the giant $1.1 trillion spending measure as a way to get their cyber bill on President Obama’s desk before the end of the year.

But a last-minute debate over the bill’s privacy language has drawn out the final stages of the discussions, endangering plans to have the measure ready before the omnibus deal was revealed.

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