'Legislative pessimism' could kill cybersecurity legislation

Co-sponsor of Cybersecurity Act of 2012 sees difficult road ahead for bill in election year

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 co-sponsor and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said June 12 that "legislative pessimism” might sabotage comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, resulting in no action on the pressing matter in an election year, reports NextGov.

Despite a pledge by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the same day to move the bill “at the earliest possible date,” Lieberman believes that floor debate on the bill could be pushed off until July or beyond, even though there was talk on Capitol Hill that it might occur as soon as this month, the story said.

"We have to fight legislative pessimism, but you can’t yield to it," Lieberman said.

Democrats and Republicans disagree over the provisions of the bill, with Democrats arguing that government officials need more authority to require companies to protect certain critical networks, and Republicans maintaining that government regulation isn’t the answer, the story said.

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