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McConnell tees up vote on cybersecurity bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is teeing up a cybersecurity bill, paving the way for a first vote on Wednesday.

The Republican leader filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the long-stalled Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).

{mosads}The move comes after a preliminary deal on amendments was reached. The move, if successful, could help get the bill passed before senators leave for a five-week break.

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top two lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Friday circulated a managers’ amendment that would address some of the privacy concerns that have slowed down the bill since March.

But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) suggested Monday that he still has doubts.

“My concern is that this bill, in its present form, will create more problems than it solves, and it would be a mistake to bring it up without agreeing to an inclusive process for considering relevant amendments,” he said.

Wyden added that the deal “does not fix the provision of this bill that allow private companies to hand large volumes of their customers’ personal information over to the government with only a cursory review.”

This story was updated at 6:46 p.m.

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