Tag Archives: Roger Wicker

Senate Passes Infrastructure Bill Sans Amendment to Add $50B in Defense-Related Spending

Capitol Hill

The Senate on Tuesday approved a one trillion dollar infrastructure package but an amendment to the bill to add $50 billion in defense infrastructure spending was blocked from receiving a vote. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced the amendment to the infrastructure bill.

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Senators Offer Cybersecurity Recommendations for Commerce Department, NIST

Virtual Private Network

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have called on the Department of Commerce (DOC), including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to further build up efforts to protect digital systems, connected technologies and the country from cybersecurity threats amid the recent ransomware attacks. 

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Bipartisan Bill Would Allocate $25B for Public & Private Shipyard Modernization Projects

Ship Sustainment

A bipartisan group of seven House and Senate lawmakers proposed a bill allowing $21 billion for projects to revitalize four U.S. Navy shipyards and another $4 billion for the modernization of private facilities used to build or repair military ships. SHIPYARD Act would also give the Navy secretary more flexibility to award contracts under the Defense Production Act. 

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Bipartisan Bill to Establish Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy; Sen. Rob Portman Quoted

Sen. Rob Portman

A group of six lawmakers has proposed a bipartisan bill that would establish a new office to help strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry and its workforce and improve the country’s economic competitiveness. The proposed Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Act seeks to create a new office led by a chief manufacturing officer. 

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Sen. Roger Wicker: President Biden Must Revive National Space Council

Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has said the nation must take a “whole-of-government approach” and relaunch the National Space Council (NSC) to drive the discussion on the space domain while eliminating bureaucracy. The council must also have a diverse set of experts to reflect space policy's implications on commercial, military and civil customers, he noted.

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Senators Ask FBI, CISA to Provide Details Over SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Data-Centric Security

A group of six senators has called on leaders of the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to respond to several questions with regard to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products. The letter came days after CISA issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to immediately disconnect SolarWinds Orion products versions 2019.4 to 2020.2.1 HF1. 

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Senate OKs Telecom Networks Security Bill; Sen. Roger Wicker Quoted

The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill to protect U.S. telecommunication networks from foreign adversaries. The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 would bar the Federal Communications Commission from offering subsidies with regard to the maintenance and acquisition of telecommunications services or equipment from untrusted vendors.

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Maxar Commends Senate Commerce Committee’s Passage of NASA Authorization Act of 2019; Dan Jablonsky Quoted

Maxar Technologies has commended the Senate Commerce Committee’s passage of the 2019 NASA Authorization Act that was introduced by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Maxar announced on Thursday.

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