One of Waymo's self-driving minivans (Courtesy of Waymo)

The members of the Senate Commerce Committee said on Tuesday that their upcoming legislation on autonomous vehicles should "prevent conflicting laws and rules from stifling this new technology" — part of a package of high-level "principles" they say will undergird legislation they plan to introduce.

Why it matters: The companies invested in self-driving technology — from Silicon Valley players like Alphabet and Uber to Detroit mainstays — are freaked out by the prospect that they could face a patchwork of different laws and regulations depending on the jurisdiction, and they've been asking federal authorities to clear up disparities.

But wait, there's more: The senators (Republican Committee Chair John Thune and Democrats Bill Nelson and Gary Peters) also say they want their legislation to focus on cybersecurity and make sure that the development of self-driving technology isn't held up as regulators adapt their standards.

The big picture: Self-driving vehicles are having something of a moment in Congress, with the House Energy and Commerce Committee also putting together a package of legislation on the issue. The Eno Center for Transportation, a think tank, reported last week that one bill included in the legislative package would restrict how states can regulate autonomous vehicles:

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Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Tropical Storm Zeta nears

Municipality workers clean the streets of garbage in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Tuesday that was left by Zeta, which struck the Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 Hurricane a day earlier — causing no major damage to infrastructure. Photo: Medios y Media/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane and bring dangerous storm surge conditions to parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday, ahead of the storm's expected arrival south of New Orleans.

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The Trump campaign website briefly went down and its "About" page was modified after hackers attacked the site Tuesday evening.

The big picture: With just seven days before the election, the hackers emulated the FBI and declared on the "About" page that: "this was seized. the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded [sic] daily by president donald j trump. it is time to allow the world to know truth." Two addresses linked to the cryptocurrency Monero appeared on the site. Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh in a statement said no sensitive data had been exposed in the attack.

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