Bipartisan supply chain bill likely punted to next Congress, McCaskill says

A bipartisan bill that would create a way to detect national security risks in the supply chain likely won’t be taken up this Congress, one of the legislation’s cosponsors said Wednesday.

Outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Big Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill MORE (D-Mo.), who introduced the bill alongside Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSenate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Congress reaches deal on disaster aid Bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems MORE (R-Okla.) earlier this year, said she doesn’t “know if there's going to be a chance to work on that before the end of Congress.”

“I can't imagine it's going to get in anything,” McCaskill said.

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“It could, I guess, but I doubt it,” she added.

A spokesperson for Lankford said the Republican “is still working to get it done before the end of the year.”

If passed, the bill would create the Federal Acquisition Security Council, which would evaluate foreign-made products for any potential threats they pose to national security.

The council would, with the help of private firms, also create criteria for assessing supply chain threats. And the group would require the government to establish its own strategy for handling the risks once they are discovered.

The legislation is currently under consideration by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

A spokesperson for the panel's chairman, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Barr throws curveball into Senate GOP 'spying' probe Bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems MORE (R-Wis.), told The Hill that the senator is optimistic that the measure could still pass before the end of the year.

Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersSenate Commerce chair to renew push for regs on self-driving vehicles Senate Dems introduce election security bill requiring paper ballots Bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems MORE (D-Mich.) is set to take over as ranking member of the committee after the current ranking member, McCaskill, lost her reelection bid last month.

Peters told reporters on Wednesday that he is considering replacing McCaskill as the cosponsor on the legislation.

“I don’t have any announcements on that right now, but it's something we're taking a look at,” he said.

The supply chain has emerged as a hot topic for both Trump administration officials and lawmakers in recent months, spotlighted by concerns over tech made in China by firms like Huawei and ZTE, as well as software created by the Russian Kaspersky Lab.

The White House reportedly had a pair of executive orders addressing supply chain risks in the works earlier this year, but appears to have handed off the responsibility to Congress.