Yesterday evening, the Senate again failed to move forward on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, voting 51-47 not to end debate on the measure (60 votes required). Opponents picked up one additional ‘no’ vote by Sen. Rubio (R-FL), who did not vote on it in August. Majority Leader Reid faulted the minority and the Chamber of Commerce for blocking the bill, despite his willingness to entertain germane amendments to the bill. In opposition, Sen. Grassley (R-IA) expressed continuing reservations about the bill, including a lack of confidence in DHS, which would take the lead role under the legislation. Clearly frustrated, Reid proclaimed, “Cybersecurity is dead for this Congress.” With several weeks still to go before the 112th Congress concludes, however, take that with a grain or two of salt.
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