Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session, there
were 117 bills introduced. Of those bills, three may receive additional coverage
in this blog:

HR
1229
To amend title 18, United States Code, to reauthorize and expand the
National Threat Assessment Center of the Department of Homeland Security. Rep.
Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]
 

HR
1251
To support United States international cyber diplomacy, and for other
purposes. Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10]

S
391
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to reauthorize and expand
the National Threat Assessment Center of the Department of Homeland Security.  Sen.
Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
 

I will be watching the two NTAC bills for language that
addresses cybersecurity or chemical security issues. I suspect that these will
be companion bills with essentially identical language.

I will be watching HR 1251 for language and definitions that
are inclusive of control system security concerns.

 

Because many readers of this blog are intimately connected
with the energy industry, I want to mention in passing S
398
that was introduced yesterday by Sen.
Kennedy, John [R-LA]
. The bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of
2002 to clarify that utility line technicians qualify as emergency response
providers. I have not delved into what rights and benefits that this would
provide to these brave and selfless folks that support our communities through
all sorts of unpleasantness, but I am sure that it will not be enough. Kennedy
is not a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
to which this bill was assigned, so a letter writing campaign to Sen Peters (D,MI),
the Chair of that Committee, to urge the Committee’s consideration of the bill
might be in order.

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