Senate Democrats Block Cybersecurity Amendment To Defense Bill
The security can wait until after the 2016 election.
U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to shield companies from lawsuits when they share cyberattack information with each other and federal agencies.
The Senate on Thursday voted 56-40, falling short of the 60 votes required to advance the measure, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided to bring up as an amendment to the annual defense policy bill.
Democrats, including ranking intelligence committee member Senator Dianne Feinstein, of California, are demanding that the Senate consider it separately from the defense legislation.
“The cyber measure is so serious that you shouldn’t deal with it by stapling it to something else,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said before the vote.
McConnell’s decision to pair them threatens to place President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats — who have urged swift action by Congress to boost the nation’s cyber defenses — in an awkward position. More