House Democrats have joined Republicans in approving the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which would allow the government to share cybersecurity information with private companies, like companies that supply the government.
The legislation, which passed the House on Thursday, was one of three bills that the Senate is expected to vote on early next week.
The bill passed by a narrow 217-189 vote.
It was sponsored by Rep. John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat, and the bill was approved in the House, which was dominated by Democrats.
The House also approved a measure to extend the federal government’s data sharing agreement with Microsoft.
The Cybersecurity Innovation Act, sponsored by Delaney and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., would extend the existing cybersecurity sharing agreement for two years.
The measure was approved by the Senate in March.
Delaney and Lowey said in a statement the Senate’s vote will enable more companies to use the data sharing tool in order to “ensure that the security of our networks is protected at the state and local level, not just within a government agency.”
They added that the bill “allows states and local governments to share information with companies that are providing cybersecurity services for them.
This should ensure that cyber threats are not simply ignored, and that critical cybersecurity information is shared more effectively with our allies, our allies’ allies, and our allies-friends.