recommended reading

Senate unlikely to revisit cybersecurity bill before election, Lieberman says

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. // Richard Drew/AP

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joe LiebermanI-Conn., told National Journal on Tuesday there is little chance the Senate will revisit his proposed cybersecurity legislation until after the November election.

Lieberman, a lead sponsor of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, also said he supports a review by the White House of possible executive actions to boost cybersecurity. The broad cybersecurity bill has White House support but stalled amid partisan sniping and finger-pointing before Congress recessed in August. Republican critics say the bill could create regulations for private computer networks that would be burdensome to businesses.

“Negotiations are going on, but the fact is they haven’t made much progress,” Lieberman said. “Nobody thinks we’re going to take it up in this two-week period. I’m still hopeful we’ll get some agreement to go forward in the lame-duck session.”

Efforts to pass the bill in the final week before the recess broke down after lawmakers failed to agree on a limited number of germane amendments. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he would revive the bill if supporters and critics could agree on a limited list of amendments or proposed a substitute bill that has wider support. Republicans incurred Reid's wrath after submitting amendments aimed at repealing the health reform law and banning some types of abortion.

“I don’t think there is any expectation that we’re going to get the kind of agreement that Senator Reid has said he wants,” Lieberman said. “I don’t see the negotiations reaching that point in the next two weeks.”

Lieberman said he has been talking with a range of supporters and critics, including Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.,Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. “So far, no breakthrough. I don’t think anything is going to happen until after the election,” he said.

Lieberman said he’s not giving up on the issue, but the breakdown in Congress appears to be fulfilling his own prediction from June, when he told National Journal that the bill might not survive if not approved during the summer.

Threatwatch Alert

Social Media Takeover

Qatar News Agency Says Hackers Published Fake Stories

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.