The leaders of the two most powerful chambers of Congress agreed on Thursday to begin drafting a cybersecurity bill with no amendments that could derail it in the Senate.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters Thursday that he was “100 percent” on board with the bill, but he didn’t offer details about its exact scope.
He said he hopes the Senate will act on the measure before it leaves for the first of two public hearings this week on cybersecurity legislation.
Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
said in a statement that he hoped the Senate would take up the bill this week, but that he had not seen any evidence it would pass the House.
He said the bill has already been discussed at the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.
Nunes said he is “very confident” the bill will pass the Senate, but cautioned against rushing to pass it.
“We’ve heard from the intelligence community, we’ve heard the business community, I’ve heard business leaders, we have a lot of people with expertise in this area,” Nunes said.
“The Senate, like the House, has to do their homework.
And we have to get our house in order before we can get to a consensus on the best way to move forward.”
The House passed a bill in May to update the nation’s cybersecurity laws and give Congress a more effective tool to fight cyberattacks.
The bill included $1.3 trillion for cybersecurity measures, and included more than $200 billion in new funding for businesses to strengthen their networks and strengthen their cybersecurity.
Nune said the bipartisan effort was a step in the right direction.
“This bipartisan approach is the right way to go forward,” he said.