Senate Dems Tweak Cybersecurity Bill to Entice Republicans

Senate Democrats are tweaking their versions of cybersecurity legislation to gain more support from Republicans, according to a report from The Hill. The reason they are doing this, says the publication, is because they lack the 60 votes needed to bring the bill to the floor.

"Undoubtedly we'll make some changes," a Senate Democratic aide told The Hill, but he added that getting the bill through the Senate won't be as tough as some people think it will be. The unnamed aide also [predicted that the entire Senate Democratic caucus will vote for the bill.

The White House and some Senate Democrats are arguing that CISPA does not provide enough protections for privacy protection, fails to protect critical infrastructure, such as electrical grids, banks or water supplies. They have instead shown support for the bill from Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) that includes tougher privacy protections and would authorize the Homeland Security Department to set mandatory security standards for critical infrastructure.

A small group of Republicans led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), call the Lieberman-Collins Cybersecurity Act a prime example of big government overreach.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the Senate is "on track" to vote on the Lieberman-Collins bill sometime this month.

"The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has been a priority for Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] for three years, and we're going to do everything we can to pass a bill that confronts the urgent national security threats we face," the leadership aide said.

But the real fight may be when the Senate's bill has to be reconciled with the House's CISPA bill…

More details at The Hill.

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