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Senate Turns Down Cyber Data Sharing Bill

cybersecurityThe Senate rejected a public-private cyber data sharing bill Thursday on a 56-40 vote, the National Journal reports.

Dustin Volz writes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., planned to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act to a defense authorization bill as an amendment following the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

According to the report, some Democrats and Republican members voted against the measure due to lack of a public debate.

Some Democrats also claim that McConnell aims for a quick passage of the cyber measure in an effort to make the National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama is likely to veto, more difficult to refuse, according to the publication.

Volz reports that the White House also rejected the move to include the proposal into the defense bill.

“We take a pretty dim view of that approach, to be blunt about it,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the National Journal.

The publication also noted that the Senate is likely to reconsider CISA as a standalone measure soon after the House approved two cybersecurity-related bills in May.

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