Democrats in Revolt as McConnell Adds Cyber Legislation to Defense Authorization Bill

Posted June 12, 2015 at 5:00am

“Senate Democratic leadership wrote to the majority leader on Wednesday to urge him to back down from his ‘ridiculous’ plan to attach cybersecurity legislation to an annual defense policy bill,” reports Defense One .  

“The letter, signed by Minority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray, asks McConnell to not tack the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act on as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which is generally viewed as ‘must-pass’ legislation.”  

“But even some of the bill’s supporters are lining up to excoriate McConnell’s strategy. Earlier on Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who for years has pushed for information-sharing legislation, accused McConnell of trying to stifle debate, noting that lawmakers on both sides of the issue ‘want an opportunity to offer relevant amendments.’… Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr filed CISA as a second-degree amendment to another amendment late Tuesday, a maneuver that means it will not be open to further changes during debate.”