Senate Democrats on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to give cybersecurity agencies the authority to conduct targeted investigations against Russian actors.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden Ronald (Ron) Lee WydenExperts warn against ‘manufactured outrage’ over Kavanaugh GOP leaders delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week FBI investigation Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Groups furious over new drug prices | Lawmakers look to block new drugs Biden’s top aide apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ tweet MORE (Ore.), had bipartisan support from Republicans.
Wyden, who has also introduced legislation to strengthen cybersecurity and cybersecurity laws, had the backing of the House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes Devin Gerald NunesOvernight Health care: Senators hit with surprise medical bill | Groups frustrated over new drugs prices | Health experts warn against ”manufactured anger” over Kavanaugh Biden hits GOP for ‘unjust’ use of campaign funds MORE (Calif.).
“We are very proud to vote for this legislation that will improve the cyber capabilities of the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, strengthen the cyber defenses of critical infrastructure, and help our country maintain its security and privacy,” Nunes said in a statement.
“This bill will give cybersecurity and law enforcement agencies the tools they need to continue to keep our nation safe.”
The legislation also extends the ability of the intelligence community to gather cyberthreat indicators for more than a decade, to strengthen cyber defenses, and to provide information to the public.
It passed with bipartisan support, with all Democrats voting for it and all Republicans voting against it.
The legislation also includes cybersecurity funding for states and cities that have suffered cyber attacks or significant disruptions.
It is now awaiting the signature of President Trump.
The House passed a bill that would create a cybersecurity panel within the Department, but it faces opposition from the Republican-controlled Senate.
It passed with a bipartisan majority, but the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate.