Earlier this month, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs Committee published their report
2305, the Cybersecurity Opportunity Act. The Committee
met on August 4th, 2021 to consider the bill. Substitute
language was offered and amended before the Committee adopted the new language.
The bill would
now require at least 50% of grant
funds released under this program to go to “historically Black colleges and
universities and minority-serving institutions” and added a five
year sunset provision for the grant program. No spending authorization was
added to the bill.
The bill is now cleared for consideration by the full Senate.
This bill is unlikely to come to the floor under regular order, it is just not
politically important enough to consume that type of time. There is a possibility
that this bill could be considered under the Senate’s unanimous consent process,
but a single Senator could block that consideration. A more likely possibility
would be for the bill to be added to some larger, more important bill as part
of the amendment process. If the bill were to be considered on its own under
regular order, I would expect the bill to receive significant bipartisan
For more information about the changes made in the language
of this bill, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis – https://patrickcoyle.substack.com/p/s-2305-reported-in-senate
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