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Report: House Plans Floor Consideration for Cyber Bill After Spring Recess

cybersecurityThe House will deliberate on a proposed cybersecurity legislation the week of April 21 to address liability protections for the private sector to facilitate cyber information sharing with the government, the National Journal reported Thursday.

Dustin Volz writes that a memo from Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated the schedule as lawmakers work to prioritize the bill following recent data breach incidents.

The proposed legislation could also pave the way for a National Security Agency reform bill as privacy advocates indicate concerns regarding government surveillance, the report said.

McCarthy’s memo mentioned potential changes to Patriot Act provisions in authorizing bulk data collection, Volz adds.

He reports that the House Intelligence Committee has already cleared a cyber bill in March, while the House Homeland Security Committee is due to consider a companion measure in the coming week.

The Senate has also indicated that its own version of the cyber bill from the Senate Intelligence Committee is a priority, although the report said the schedule for floor consideration has not yet been set.

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