OVERNIGHT TECH: Senate set to debate cyber amendments

The Lede: Now that Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) cybersecurity bill cleared an important procedural vote, observers will be watching to see if the Senate can work out an agreement on amendments that will be brought to the floor.

The motion to proceed to Lieberman's Cybersecurity Act was approved 84-11 on Thursday, setting the stage for debate on amendments beginning next week. Several Republicans voted in favor of the bill moving forward after Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) agreed to an open amendment process.

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A number of senators already have announced plans to put forward a series of amendments. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said the co-sponsors of the Secure It Act plan to offer the competing cybersecurity bill as an amendment in the nature of a substitute in a speech on the Senate floor. Hutchison said the Senate should take up Secure It over Lieberman's bill because it had a greater chance of passing both chambers.

In the meantime, members will be meeting again Friday to continue their negotiations on reaching an agreement between the Cybersecurity Act and Secure It. Participants include Lieberman and the co-sponsors of his bill, members involved in leading earlier compromise efforts, as well as the backers of the Secure It Act.

Also on Thursday, Sens. Al FrankenAl FrankenTwitter jumps on news of O'Reilly's ouster Senate Dems seek review of products linked to tax refunds House Democrat introduces bill to amend presidential removal procedures MORE (D-Minn.), Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalDem senator rips Sessions’s ‘really bizarre’ Hawaii remark House panel to hold hearing on airline consumer issues Dem senator: Russia ‘unsuitable’ FIFA World Cup host MORE (D-Conn.) and Chris CoonsChris CoonsHow Gorsuch's confirmation shapes the next Supreme Court battle Coons: ‘Exactly the wrong time’ for State Dept cuts Dem pushed plan for both sides to admit to abusing Senate rules: report MORE (D-Del.) said they plan to introduce amendments aimed at beefing up the privacy protections in the bill. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) also plans to introduce an amendment that would create a chief privacy officer in the Office of Management and Budget, which Blumenthal is expected to support.

The ACLU voiced support for Franken's amendment in a blog post. The amendment would remove measures in Lieberman's bill that would give Internet service providers and other private companies the authority to monitor communications flowing through their information systems for cyber threats and use certain countermeasures to combat them. 

An aide to Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenFive fights for Trump’s first year Wyden pushing to mandate 'basic cybersecurity' for Senate Consumer groups blast DHS head for seeking travelers' social media passwords MORE (D-Ore.) said he will file his GPS Act as an amendment. The measure would require police to obtain a warrant before requesting location data from a person's cellphone, laptop or GPS device, except in an emergency.

Industry groups will be weighing whether the amendments will affect their ability to share information with the government. IBM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have already raised concerns with the information-sharing provisions in Lieberman's bill.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules MORE (D-Vt.) has filed four amendments that focus on data security and privacy, and stiffening penalties for cyber crime, among other issues. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has also said he plans on putting forward privacy-focused amendments. 

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) filed an amendment that would ban high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, Colo. The amendment is also backed by Democratic Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE (Calif.), Jack ReedJack ReedSunday shows preview: McMaster hits circuit for second straight week The Hill's 12:30 Report Easy accessibility of voter registration data imperils American safety MORE (R.I.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE (N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Dems urge Trump to include Northeast Corridor tunnel project in infrastructure bill Dems petition FDA to ban potentially toxic chemical from shampoos, body wash Trump’s Army pick faces tough confirmation fight MORE (N.Y.), Charles SchumerCharles SchumerPriebus: I believe the government will stay open So what if banks push fancy cards? Give consumers the steak they want Ted Cruz: Warren could beat Trump in 2020 MORE (N.Y.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinHotel industry details plans to fight Airbnb Congress needs a do-over on fraud-laden 'Immigrant Investor' program Ginsburg appears to refer to Graham as one of 'the women of the Senate' MORE (N.Y.).

Facebook meets expectations, but stock slips: Facebook met analysts' expectations in its first earning report as a public company on Thursday, but the stock's value fell about 10 percent in after-hours trading.

The company reported a second-quarter loss of $157 million, but that was mostly due to stock-based compensations. Not counting those costs, the company reported $295 million in earnings and $1.18 billion in revenue. 

FCC unveils Connect America map: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled an online map on Thursday that shows where its Connect America funds are going.

The Connect America Fund is a multibillion-dollar subsidy to support expanding broadband Internet access. The FCC created the subsidy last year when it overhauled its Universal Service Fund, which supported telephone service.

The FCC announced on Wednesday that it will spend $115 million in the first phase of Connect America.


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