White House Considers Executive Order for Cybersecurity Rules

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That seems to be the mantra coming out of the White House this week following Friday's defeat of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. According to The Hill, President Obama is weighing the possibility of issuing an executive order to deal with cyber threats to computer systems that control "critical infrastructure."

"In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in an emailed response The Hill.

"Moving forward, the President is determined to do absolutely everything we can to better protects our nation against today’s cyber threats and we will do that," Carney added.

If the President does issue an executive order, it may not sit well with lawmakers. Some see the use of executive orders as a way to bypass the legislative process and some Republicans have already accused the President of grabbing power away from Congress on other issues that he has used the Executive Order method to deal with.

Cybersecurity Act co-sponsor Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) reacted coolly to the idea of an executive order to deal with the issue.

"I'm not for doing by executive order what should be done by legislation," she said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a main co-sponsor of the Cybersecurity Act, said she wants Congress to address the problem, but is open to presidential action if Congress fails.

"I suppose if we can't, the answer would be yes," she said.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops…

Source: The Hill

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