Tag Archives: Senate

House OKs Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Suspend Borrowing Limit

Capitol Hill

The House on Tuesday voted 220-211 to pass a bill that would fund government operations through Dec. 3rd and suspend the debt limit through the end of 2022. The continuing resolution, which is now headed to the Senate, seeks to avoid a partial government shutdown by the end of fiscal year 2021 and prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its debts.

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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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Senate Bill Aims to Improve US Cybercrime Data Collection

Cybercrime

A bipartisan bill introduced by four senators seeks to provide law enforcement agencies with tools to collect and report data about online crimes. The Better Cybercrime Metrics Act calls for the National Academies of Science to coordinate with public sector stakeholders, businesses and criminologists to organize a database that would classify and quantify malicious activities on the internet

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Senate Passes Bill to Support Small Business Federal Contracting; Sen. Gary Peters Quoted

Sen. Gary Peters

The Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) has passed a bill that aims to help U.S. small businesses pursue contracting opportunities with the federal government. The PRICE Act — introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa — seeks to address the reluctance of some agencies towards the Small Business Administration’s programs.

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Senate Armed Services Panel OKs $740B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2022; Sen. Jack Reed Quoted

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The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 23-3 Wednesday to move the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would authorize $740.3 billion in FY 2022 funds for the Department of Defense and a 2.7 percent increase in pay for U.S. troops and civilian workforce at DOD.

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Former Sandia Director Jill Hruby Confirmed as NNSA Administrator; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jill Hruby

The Senate approved Jill Hruby, former director of Sandia National Laboratories, by a 79-16 vote to lead the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and serve as undersecretary for nuclear security at the Department of Energy (DOE). Hruby started her career at SNL in 1983 as a technical staff member and conducted studies about thermal and fluid, solar energy and nuclear weapon systems.

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Senate Bill Would Require CISA to Help Companies With Industrial Control System Security

Industrial Control System

A bipartisan group of four senators has introduced legislation that would mandate the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to provide companies technical assistance to identify and fix vulnerabilities in systems used to manage industrial operations. Sens. Mark Rubio, R-Fla.; Gary Peters, D-Mich.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and Mark Warner, D-Va. and three-time Wash100 Award winner, are the bill's sponsors.

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Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation to Require Cyber Incident Reporting; Sen. Mark Warner Quoted

Cybersecurity

A bipartisan legislation was introduced Wednesday in an effort to make cyber intrusion reporting a federal requirement and, partly, in response to the hacking incidents that affected the Colonial Pipeline, information technology management firm SolarWinds and other public and private entities. The reports are expected to support the government's efforts in safeguarding critical industries.

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Sens. Gary Peters, Ron Johnson Introduce Supply Chain Security Training Act

Cybersecurity

Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., have proposed a bipartisan bill that would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a training program to help federal officials protect information technology supply chains against cyberthreats.

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New Bipartisan Bill Aims to Bolster Federal Cyber Workforce; Sen. Maggie Hassan Quoted

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have presented a bill that aims to fortify the federal government's workforce of cyber professionals. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Expansion Act would establish two cyber training programs: one with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the other with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

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