Mitch McConnell Expects to See Cyber Bill Back on Senate Floor

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday he expects to restart discussion of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 after the chamber finalizes the defense and intelligence authorization bills, Federal News Radio reports.

The cyber bill was declared dead by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) after a motion to end cloture on the bill failed to get the 60 votes required earlier this week.

McConnell said he wants an open debate for amendments once the bill reaches the floor, Jason Miller writes.

He also said he wants to work with Reid in considering Republican amendments since the ranking members of the Armed Services, Intelligence, Commerce and Judiciary committees are all co-sponsors of the bill.

According to Miller, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Senate Democrats in the Senate were open to amendments during the cloture debate but Reid only permitted discussions of up to 15 amendments.

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