In a follow up to our article earlier this week, the Senate voted on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and once again, it did not generate the 60 votes needed to pass. The vote was 51-47. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid states that “Cybersecurity is dead for this congress.” At this point, it looks like an Executive Order is the only option to move cybersecurity legislation along, which leads us to another related article that we covered this week. President Obama did sign a secret directive that allows the military to fight cyberattacks more aggressively.
For the second time in three months, the Senate failed on Nov. 14 to muster the 60 votes needed to halt a filibuster of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The vote was 51-47.
“Cybersecurity is dead for this congress,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared after the vote.
Sponsors of the bill expressed their exasperation with some colleagues after the vote. “In all my years on the Homeland Security Committee, I cannot think of another issue where the vulnerability is greater and we’ve done less,” said Republican Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Another sponsor, Sen. Thomas Carper, D.-Del., who’s is in line to become chairman of the panel in the new Congress, said he’ll continue to work to get such legislation enacted next year.
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