CISPA in Limbo as Senate Tackles Other Issues

April 24, 2013 -

As pointed out by RT, even while the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) may have passed by a 288 to 127 margin in the House (and garnered more votes from Democrats this time around than it did in 2012 when it passed), the bill faces an unknown future in the Senate where other issues like Internet taxes, immigration and more are the causes getting priority right now..

Despite a reported lobbying effort by supporters of the bill in the neighborhood of $84 million, the controversial bill that supposedly makes it easier for corporations to share customers' personal information with the government isn't even on the radar in the Senate at this point.

The Senate is just too busy, and the bill pushed in the Senate last year - the Cyber Security Act of 2012 - doesn't have a lead sponsor because Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) retired. And even if Joe Lieberman were still in the Senate it would likely face the threat of another filibuster (like it did last year) because it lacks the votes needed to overcome it.

It will be interesting to see if the Senate picks up this bill later this year or some other Senator puts something new forward, but for now it's in limbo, it would seem.

 


 
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