Senators to offer bipartisan amendment boosting cyber scholarships

Senators to offer bipartisan amendment boosting cyber scholarships
© Greg Nash

A bipartisan pair of senators is introducing an amendment to annual defense policy legislation aimed at expanding an existing federal cybersecurity scholarship program. 

Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Koch group won't back Stewart in Virginia Kaine shares photos of child detention facility: ‘The real Trump Hotel’ MORE (D-Va.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Overnight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council Senators question Afghanistan commander nominee on turning around 17-year war MORE (R-Miss.) are offering their Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act, introduced earlier this year, as an amendment to the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an aide to the Democratic senator said Tuesday.

The bipartisan bill, which cleared the Senate Commerce Committee in August, would update and expand the cyber scholarship-for-service program run by the National Science Foundation for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields.

Particularly, it would expand the program to offer scholarships to part-time students and establish a pilot program for students and veterans pursuing cyber degrees at community colleges.

The full Senate is taking up the annual defense policy bill this week, following a procedural vote Monday evening to begin debate. Earlier this summer, the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Kaine is a member, approved its version of the defense policy legislation, which included key provisions of a bill introduced by Kaine and Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Trump, senators headed for clash on cyber policy GOP support growing for anti-Trump trade bill MORE (R-S.D.) to revive a federal cyber scholarship program at the Defense Department.

The Senate is using the House-passed version of the legislation as a vehicle for its version of the NDAA.