Long Odds for 2012 Cybersecurity Law

Republican opposition keeps Senate from passing Lieberman bill.

The Senate’s failure to move forward on a bill to strengthen U.S. computer defenses leaves little chance that Congress can find a compromise this year, as lawmakers turn their attention to November’s election.

The chamber’s Democratic leadership failed yesterday to get the 60 votes needed to force a final vote on the cybersecurity measure before the Senate leaves this week for an August recess. The vote was 52-46, largely along party lines, as most Republicans opposed a bill their leaders called a burden for businesses.

‘Profound Disappointment’

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, in an e-mailed statement yesterday blamed the Senate vote on “the politics of obstructionism, driven by special-interest groups seeking to avoid accountability.”

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