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.

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