The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) lead sponsor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) says that the bill will be dead in the water if it is not voted on before July. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which includes some of the language from the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), could be voted on before that because it has the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). While the Administration support's Lieberman's bill, the President said earlier this year that he would veto CISPA in its current form if it crossed his desk.
"The truth is, if we don’t take it up in July and see if we’ve got the votes … we’re not going to be able to pass this legislation in a way that’s timely and allows us to go to conference, reach an agreement and send the bill to the president," said Lieberman in a speech to colleagues on Tuesday.
Lieberman added during his speech that he thought that CISPA took offered "some initial good steps" towards establishing better cybersecurity, but lacked what is needed to prevent a "cyber 9/11."
The CSA was supposed to be voted on earlier this month, but opposition from Republicans about the burden it would put on businesses coupled with online opposition from every corner of the Internet have stalled the bill's progress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this week that he hopes to bring the bill up for a vote on the floor before the full Senate "as soon as possible."
Many think Lieberman's bill doesn't have enough votes to pass.. We will continue to follow this story as it develops.
Source: Digital Trends
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