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 KaineSherrod Brown says he's 'not actively considering' running for president The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster Poll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race MORE (D-Va.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGoogle says it continues to allow apps to access Gmail user data Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane Cruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke 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.

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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 RoundsOn The Money: Treasury rules target blue-state workarounds to tax law | Senate approves sweeping defense, domestic spending bill | US imposes B in tariffs on Chinese goods | Panel narrowly approves consumer bureau pick Senate panel narrowly approves Trump consumer bureau pick GOP sen: Sessions is ‘the right man for the job’ 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.