Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord attorneys slam FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation for not interviewing Ford, Ford’s husband MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection Countdown: Kavanaugh allegations put GOP in tough spot | Republicans start to pull plug on candidates | Dems get early start in Iowa | O’Rourke defends Cruz after protesters interrupt dinner | Why Biden is the Democrat GOP most fears Flake to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation Biden to campaign with Gillum in Florida MORE (D-N.Y.) are expected to push ahead with their effort to hold a vote on a new congressional cybersecurity bill, according to two sources familiar with the deliberations.
The move comes as lawmakers continue to grapple with the continuing fallout from Russia’s alleged cyberattack on the U.S. election and other recent cyberattacks in the U, and as some members have expressed concerns about whether the legislation would sufficiently address the issue.
In a Tuesday letter to Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin Charles (Dick) Joseph DurbinsSchumer: Trump’s ‘war on women’ comments ‘just another way he’s attacking women’ Biden is running out of time on Kavanaugh confirmation MORE (Ill.), Schumer and other Democrats warned that the bill “should be viewed in light of recent events, including the fact that Russia has repeatedly used cyberattacks to manipulate the 2016 presidential election, including to undermine the U and our democratic process.”
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill is also seeking a vote to expand the scope of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, which the panel has scheduled for its fall recess next week.
“Congress needs to pass the Cybersecurity Act in the lame duck session to avoid further unnecessary delay and ensure our democracy is protected,” Schumer and Durbine wrote in a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.), ranking member Adam Schiff Adam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Rosenstein drama dominates the day | Biz, regulators focus on 5G revolution | New rules for corporate tax havens | Privacy regulators could let you sell more shares | Trump calls out ‘fake’ media over fake stories | Russia sanctions: Latest skirmishes at home and abroad MORE (Calif.), the panel’s top Democrat.
“Our nation needs a strong and credible cyberdefense strategy, and this bill provides a framework for this to happen,” Schumer wrote.
The White House has pushed back on Schumer’s call to pass a cybersecurity bill.
“The president has been clear that any legislation to strengthen cybersecurity must include a strong cyber defense strategy,” a White House spokeswoman told The Hill.
The cybersecurity bill is the second piece of legislation to be debated in Congress this year, following a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.