Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and a co-sponsor of Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), thinks that President Barack Obama will back down from a threat he made earlier in the year to veto the bill if it crosses his desk. The Administration's problem with the bill was that it gave amnesty to corporations willing to share user data with government agencies like the NSA and did not do enough to safeguard internet user privacy concerns.
But none of those concerns will matter anymore, according to Rogers.
"I think if we can get a bill on information-sharing to the president's desk, he'll sign it. I do believe that," Rogers told The Hill following a panel discussion hosted by The Week magazine.
The House approved CISPA in April despite the president's threat to veto it and the Senate's version of the bill – CSA – will make it to the floor for a vote soon if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has his way.
On Monday, Rogers also said that those who support the Lieberman-Collins bill will have difficulty getting it through the Senate, and that it would be unlikely that the House would approve any legislation that includes mandatory standards set on corporations. Lieberman's bill would force companies that own or operate critical infrastructure to be put under a mandate to be ready for a cyber attack.
Rogers went on to say that once the "dust settles" the White House will ultimately acknowledge that CISPA is the only cybersecurity bill capable of clearing both chambers of Congress, and sign it.
"I hope they get something done, so at the very least, we can have a conference on a bill," Rogers said. "I think it can happen. I'm an optimist or I wouldn't be in this business."
Source: The Hill
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