Senate May Go On Recess Without Passing Cyber Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate could leave town this week for a monthlong break without passing legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage.

Congressional sponsors of the bill scrambled Wednesday to overcome Republican resistance to the measure, but they appeared short of the votes needed for passage despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults on the computer networks that control the country’s essential infrastructure.

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as soon as possible.

“He strongly, strongly believes that this nation’s well-being is at risk from cyberattacks and intrusions,” John Brennan, the president’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, said. “We find it hard to believe there is any reason or basis to oppose this legislation.”

The principal stumbling block on Capitol Hill is what role the government should play in protecting U.S. businesses from cyberattacks. Republicans have argued that the bill would lead to mandatory rules imposed by Washington that would only increase the private sector’s costs without substantially reducing the risks.

Read More at OfficialWire. By Richard Lardner.

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  1. Senate, Go home and don't come back until Jan. 20, 2013. That way we will come back with a republican majority and a real president and not an imposter.

  2. Disgusted says:

    The movie “Live Free or Die Hard” ring any bells? I watched it a couple of times, and it struck me as to how easy this would be for a computer whiz! Let’s face it, our borders are wide open, our nation’s secrets have been given away……..our national security is virtually nonexistant………………….so, it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine someone shutting down our grids from one end of the country to the other, just as in that movie. And, there are a lot of people just angry, and would love to see this same thing happen for real, who are not satisfied with just a movie, but to MAKE it happen! We live in some dangerous times, and for our so called leaders and “protectors” of this nation to take it so lightly is nothing short of begging for something like this to happen! Like September 11, 2001, there was enough intelligence then to be more aware of this attack, and they ignored it, and look how many died because of that. We are facing threats that anyone with an ounce of sense would take deady serious, and take steps to see that it doesn’t happen. But no, these fools, these useless tits are going to “take a month off”, God knows they work so hard……….oh, yes, so very hard! And they “deserve” time off, in fact, they deserve the rest of their lives off, anywhere but in America, and for certian, anywhere but in the nation’s capitol, making an already bad situation even worse by their neglect, and TREASON! If something does happen, and we are faced with yet another crisis, another tradgedy, we know who to blame, and thank for this act of carelessness, and laziness. Obama, and his crowd of Useless Tits! King Turd of Sh——ite Mountian, and All the Little Feces in the Septic Tank! They would not, are not, even good for fertilizer. I don’t even think buzzards would eat their sorry carc-asses.

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