The Senate will vote to end a cybersecurity bill
The Senate voted Thursday to end the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, a sweeping package of cybersecurity legislation that had been expected to pass the Senate before President Donald Trump pulled the plug.
The bill, which had been a long-time priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would have given the Obama administration more flexibility in prosecuting cybersecurity threats.
But the bill was pulled because of concerns about its cost, its potential for political retribution against companies, and its lack of support from members of Congress.
Trump pulled the bill last week after Democrats filibustered the measure for nearly six hours, raising concerns about how it would impact the economy and its ability to fight terrorism.
But Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Thursday that the bill “will not pass” as the measure lacked support from Republicans and had bipartisan support.
He said Republicans would try to attach provisions that would allow the FBI to share cybersecurity information with companies and other federal agencies.
But Schumer said the bill’s provisions did not include protections for consumers, who would be unable to opt out of sharing information with the government.
The Senate voted 43-46 to end debate, sending the bill back to the House.
Democrats and Republicans could be united on the Cyber Security Enhancement Act once again on Wednesday, when the Senate will reconvene.
But the measure will be deadlocked once again in the House, and it is unclear if Trump will continue to sign it into law.