House Passes Cybersecurity Bill In Bipartisan Vote

13686_cybersecurity House Passes Cybersecurity Bill In Bipartisan Vote The House of Representatives voted 288-127 to approve the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). reports that the vote was a birpartisan affair: 92 Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of the bill, while 29 Republicans opposed it.

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was ‘disappointed’ with the bill, claiming that it provides broad liability protection for companies that share data with the government.

‘They can just ship the whole kit and caboodle over,’ says Pelosi about the data sharing detailed in CISPA. ‘We are saying, minimize what is relevant to our national security. The rest is none of the government's business.’

Whether CISPA can proceed beyond the House remains to be seen. Senate Democratic leaders have not said whether they would consider CISPA or similar legislation during this congressional session. The White House has voiced its opposition to the bill and has threatened to veto the measure. However, the bill has enough votes to override a presidential veto.


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