The 22 Amendments That Could Determine the Fate of the Senate's Cybersecurity Bill

August 26, 2015

Kaveh Waddell

After a brief but heated battle, senators packed up for summer recess early this month without voting on a key cybersecurity bill. In announcing that the bill's consideration would be delayed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lined up 22 amendments that will get a vote when the bill comes up again in the fall, a product of intense negotiations over the bill's fate.

The amendments—10 from Republicans and 11 from Democrats, plus one from the bill's bipartisan cosponsors—range widely in their goals, and they have been the subject of a lobbying push this month from both supporters and opponents of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA.

The bill sets up incentives for businesses to share cyberthreat information with the government, with the goal of supplying both with the tools and data they need to bolster their defenses. It will likely come up again after the Senate reconvenes in September, but it's just one issue in a tight legislative schedule.

Here are the 22 amendments that could make or break the bill.

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