In the meantime, backers of Lieberman's bill and Senate Republicans are still trying to make progress on identifying amendments that both sides can agree on. This afternoon a group of senators met with Gen. Keith Alexander, who wears the dual hat as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, in the Capitol to discuss cybersecurity. Participants in the meeting included the co-sponsors of the Cybersecurity Act and SECURE IT backers Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDomestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes Internal poll shows Barnes with 29-point lead in Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary MORE (R-Wis.) and Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Live coverage: Georgia Senate runoffs Trump, Biden face new head-to-head contest in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.), according to a Senate aide. Other participants included members who have been involved in earlier compromise efforts, including Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP hopes spending traps derail Biden agenda A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns MORE (R-Mo.), Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Hillicon Valley: Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate | Dems press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts | Thousands push back against Apple plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images MORE (D-Del.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrats draw red lines in spending fight What Republicans should demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling Climate hawks pressure Biden to replace Fed chair MORE (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).
But according to Secure IT co-sponsor Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE (R-Iowa), "there isn't any agreement yet" on cybersecurity legislation.
"I'll bet you you won't have an agreement announced until 2:15 tomorrow," he said.
The possible amendments include a series from Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyPhotos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' MORE (D-Vt.) to establish on data security and data privacy. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has filed his own narrower data breach bill as an amendment.
Software group applauds cyber bill: The Business Software Alliance applauded Lieberman's revised cybersecurity bill on Monday.
“We believe S.3414 creates a solid framework and foundation for the cybersecurity debate over the coming days,” BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said in a statement. “We hope there will be a robust and open debate on the floor and look forward to working with Senators on both sides of the aisle to ensure a well-crafted bill is passed.”
In a letter to the bill's sponsors, Holleyman praised the information-sharing provisions and said the changes to the critical infrastructure standards are "progress in the right direction," but should be amended to ensure that they are truly voluntary.
Data privacy hearing: On Tuesday morning, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee's subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management will hold a hearing to consider whether to update the 1974 Privacy Act, which restricts how the federal government can handle people's personal information.
Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) has sponsored a bill, S. 1732, that would implement privacy safeguards and require federal agencies to notify the public in the event of a data breach.
The witnesses will be Mary Ellen Callahan, the Homeland Security Department's chief privacy officer; Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board; Greg Wilshusen, director of information security issues for the Government Accountability Office; Peter Swire, law professor at Ohio State University; Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union; and Paul Rosenzweig, a visiting fellow for The Heritage Foundation.
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