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Senate Faces Tight Schedule for Debate on 22 Cyber Bill Amendments

cyberSome lawmakers are uncertain if the Senate could tackle 22 proposed amendments to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act following their month-long recess due to other legislative priorities, National Journal reported Thursday.

Kaveh Waddell writes Senate’s upcoming consideration of fiscal 2016 appropriations and the Iranian nuclear deal leaves the upper chamber little time to consider all CISA amendments.

“A short­er de­bate means few­er amend­ments, be­cause you have to com­plete the de­bate,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was quoted as saying by National Journal.

Feinstein and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced the bill in an effort to increase threat information sharing between government and commercial organizations.

Republican and Democratic senators agreed on the 22 CISA amendments before the August recess with the goal of addressing concerns over privacy, liability protections and the structure of a planned data exchange program, the report said.

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