The Senate has passed HR-1957, to create a dedicated fund to address the estimated $12 billion in deferred maintenance in the National park Service and other federal lands management agencies.
The measure passed on what has become an increasingly rare bipartisan vote of 73-25, with supporters of both parties saying that neglected repairs to buildings, roads, trails and other infrastructure are hazardous both to employees of the agencies and to visitors—and that tackling them would create jobs. The measure would designate up to $1.9 billion a year from revenues to the government of energy development on federal lands and waters.
The measure now moves to the House, which had passed a bill of that same number earlier, although the Senate struck out all provisions except those relating to lands agency maintenance.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan bill (HR-7282) offered by House Homeland Security Committee leaders would require DHS to analyze the threat from disinformation—such as deepfakes, manipulated media and online bots—generated either in the U.S. or abroad, develop methods for identifying and countering them and coordinate with local officials.
Also recently introduced, by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was S-3928, to direct the President to develop a plan to ensure essential functions of the economy are able to continue operating in the event of a cyber-attack, and S-3929, to enable the National Guard to provide remote cybersecurity support and technical assistance to help states respond to cyber incidents.