Senate Moving Towards Passage of a Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today previewing the week ahead:

“Last week, Senators voted overwhelmingly to advance legislation that will help to protect the privacy of their constituents.

“Experts say the tools in the bipartisan cybersecurity bill the Senate voted to advance can help prevent future attacks through the sharing of information between the public and private sectors. The legislation’s voluntary information-sharing provisions are key to protecting the personal information of the people we represent. The bill has also been carefully examined by Senators of both parties and contains important measures to protect civil liberties and individual privacy.

“I again thank the Chair and Vice Chair of the Intelligence Committee for their hard work on this bipartisan bill.

“We will consider a variety of amendments from both sides of the aisle tomorrow. After that, we can take a final vote on the underlying bill.

“So that will be the Senate’s initial focus this week. I’ll have more to say about it tomorrow.

“In the meantime, we also know that fiscal negotiations are ongoing. As details come in, and especially if an agreement is reached, I intend to consult and discuss the details with colleagues.”

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