The 22 amendments to the Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Act that senators agreed upon before recess may not all get a vote, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the bill's co-sponsors, said Wednesday.
The next few months of the Senate's time will largely be taken up by debate over appropriations and President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, leaving little time for the cybersecurity bill and the bevy of proposed amendments that will go along with it.
To make room for debate on the information-sharing bill, some of the amendments may not get a vote, Feinstein told National Journal.
"I don't know if there will be 22 amendments," the California Democrat said. "Everything changes week to week. I'm more concerned with getting the bill up, trying to get it passed, getting it conferenced, and then getting the conference report approved."
"A shorter debate means fewer amendments, because you have to complete the debate," Feinstein added. She said she did not know which amendments may not get voted on.
The bill Feinstein co-sponsored with Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican, is meant to improve cybersecurity in government and in the private sector by creating incentives for businesses to share information about cyberthreats with each other and with federal agencies.