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, reports Michael S. Schmidt on Friday in The New York Times.
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 fightover what amendments to the legislation could be proposed.
The bill’s most vocal opponents were a group of Republican senators led by John McCain of Arizona, who took the side of businesses and steadfastly opposed the legislation, arguing that it would be too burdensome for corporations. On Bits, Several Silicon Valley security experts shared their take on the bill, the cyber threat and the potential, as some have warned, for a 9/11-style cyberattack.
The bill would have established optional standards for the computer systems that oversee the country’s critical infrastructure, like power grids, dams and transportation.
See the problem? It was one of Obama's top priorities. To prevent an attack. On America. On its businesses, the ones they say Obama hates.
These are horrible dangerous people. If voters can't see that by now (they can't), we're totally screwed (we are).