US cybersecurity bill fails in the Senate
Posted in: Government & Policy at 03/08/2012 18:21
A bill establishing security standards to prevent large-scale cyber attacks on the nation's critical infrastructure -- including water supplies and the electrical grid -- failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday, despite strong endorsements from top military and national security officials.
Senators voted 52 to 46 in favor of the bill, coming up short of the two-thirds majority necessary to advance the bill to final passage. Failure to pass the measure further stalls years of bipartisan efforts to establish stricter security standards and, experts say, could leave the nation vulnerable to widespread hacking or a serious cyber attack.
Cybersecurity Bill Is Blocked in Senate by G.O.P. Filibuster
A cybersecurity bill that had been one of the Obama administration's top national security priorities was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate on Thursday, severely limiting its prospects this year.
The Senate voted 52 to 46 to cut off debate, falling short of the 60 needed to force a final vote on the measure, which had bipartisan support but ran into a fight over what amendments to the legislation could be proposed.