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Senate Votes Down Lieberman Cyber Bill

The Senate rejected a cybersecurity bill Thursday and any cyber legislation will likely have to wait until 2013, The Hill newspaper reports.

Ramsey Cox and Jennifer Martinez report the Cybersecurity Act, sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), was turned down on a 52-46 vote.

That bill would have increased federal involvement in establishing cyber protection guidelines for the country’s electrical grid, financial networks, transportation system and other critical infrastructure.

According to the report, the White House pushed heavily for the bill by holding classified briefings for senators and publishing op-ed articles from defense officials supporting the bill.

A large number of Republicans objected to the bill, claiming that businesses would be subject to heavy regulation.

The Secure IT Act, proposed by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), highlights the role of information sharing and research and development as ways for the private sector to help defend cyber networks.

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