House Cyber-Security Bills Used to Force Dems to Take a Position


The House is sending a message to the White House and Senate Democrats this week by passing a batch of cyber-security bills aimed at preventing the digital version of a Pearl Harbor, reports Politico. The idea is to spur Democrats to move — giving them the choice to either bring their own stalled bill to a vote or risk standing on the wrong political side of a national security issue.

The bills — including the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — are expected to pass the House without a problem by Friday, giving Republicans a partisan talking point and providing them cover should cyber-enemies execute attacks against American agencies or utilities. It's a tough spot for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and for President Barack Obama, whose aides lean toward the Senate's comprehensive cyber-security approach but have been unwilling to box themselves in by criticizing the House bill directly.

Comments are closed.


You have Free articles left this month.

Want access to all our reporting? Subscribe for unlimited access or login.