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Senate Will Not Vote on Cybersecurity Bill; Senators Jay Rockefeller and Dianne Feinstein Comment

FeinsteinSen. Jay Rockefeller, Senate Commerce Committee chairperson, said the Senate would not approve the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act but would instead draft an alternative bill, according to a Huffington Post report.

Gerry Smith writes that although the senator believes in information sharing as a critical element of a cybersecurity bill, the Senate would not take up CISPA that passed the House of Representatives early this month.

“We are currently drafting a bipartisan information sharing bill and will proceed as soon as we come to an agreement,” said Senate Intelligence Committee chairperson Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

In a 288-127 vote, the House passed CISPA to authorize private businesses and the government to share information on cyber threats to boost each other’s cyber security infrastructure.

The cybersecurity legislation met with opposition from privacy advocates and the White House that warned it would veto the bill.

Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), authors of the bill, conceded to several proposals to revise the draft bill in response to civil liberty issues.

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