by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
This week, the House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 471, which would modify federal procedures when registration of a controlled substance is denied, revoked or suspended, and H.R. 1195, which establishes three Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards relating to small businesses, credit unions and community banks. Later in the week the House will consider two cybersecurity bills, H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. The first bill promotes the voluntary sharing of information about cyberthreats among private companies and between the private sector and the federal government by providing liability protections to companies, as well as establishing a Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center within the Director of National Intelligence’s Office. The National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act also promotes information sharing and establishes the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center as the lead federal civilian agency in coordinating cyberthreat information sharing among the private sector and other federal agencies.
The Senate will resume debate on human trafficking legislation (S. 178) this week. Their next likely item of business will be to consider the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General, followed by the compromise bill on review of the Iran nuclear deal (S. 615). Budget conferees from the House and Senate meet Monday in a public meeting. There are several committee actions and hearings scheduled in the Senate: on Tuesday the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing on the non-road portion of the surface transportation legislation; the Senate Finance Committee will mark up the trade promotion authority bill (S. 995) today; and Thursday the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s aviation panel examines the funding of airport infrastructure.