Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash Phase-four virus relief hits a wall MORE (R-Ky.) moved Wednesday to end debate on a cyber bill that Republicans want to attach to annual defense legislation. 

The Republican leader filed cloture on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTrump takes heat for firing intel watchdog during pandemic COVID-19 and the coming corruption pandemic Burr says intelligence watchdog should be 'independent' after inspector general firing MORE (R-N.C.) that includes the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. 

The move to attach the cyber bill — intended to increase the public-private exchange of hacking information — came as Republicans accused Democrats of blocking action on additional amendments to the defense policy bill. 


Democrats have slammed Republicans for trying to attach CISA to the defense policy bill and are threatening to block the maneuver. They say that senators should be able to offer amendments to the cyber legislation and want the bill dealt with separately. 

But McConnell's move essentially breaks the log jam on amendments, allowing for Burr's amendment to come up for a vote as soon as Friday.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEsper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-Ariz.) said earlier Wednesday that unless a deal can be reached he expected McConnell to move to end debate on the cyber provision, and then move to end debate on the overall defense policy bill. 

"I'm just sorry that they continue to keep us from moving forward with the bill, obviously cloture is going to have to be filed," McCain told reporters, though he didn't have a timeline for when McConnell would make his procedural moves.