Cybersecurtity Act Sponsors Have a War of Words with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and the co-sponsors of his Cybersecurity Act of 2012 are not pleased with the conservative lobbying group the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and are firing back at the group for what they call "mischaracterizations" about the latest revisions to the bill. More specifically, Senator Lieberman is upset over a letter that the group sent to U.S. Senators urging them not to support the bill. The group opposes the further regulations the bill would put on U.S. businesses that work in fields that bill targets as "critical infrastructure" in the name of shoring up cybersecurity.

In a letter sent to the Chamber's CEO Thomas Donohue, the sponsors of the bill said that they were confused by the group's continued opposition to the bill's "voluntary, incentives-based approach" to protecting critical infrastructure. They also pointed out that earlier this year the Chamber had advocated for such measures in a whitepaper.

"Over the course of the last three years, as we have worked toward a compromise on cybersecurity legislation, the threat of a cyberattack against our country has grown even more serious," wrote Lieberman and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). "Given the cyberattacks that have affected the Chamber's own control over the information of its members, we would have hoped that you would have an appreciation for the threat to the national and economic security of our nation."

The Senate is set to take up the Cybersecurity Act today or tomorrow.

Another complication was added to the bill on Friday when Senate Democrats decided to add a provision related to gun control – surely something that Senate Republicans will staunchly oppose. No doubt there will be some argument about this on the floor of the Senate this week.

Source: The Hill

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