Cybersecurity is about to make a comeback on Capitol Hill — and so, too, might the bickering over it.
Hearings were planned this week in both the House and Senate, marking lawmakers' official return to legislation fortifying the country's digital defenses, a debate jumpstarted by the president's executive order last month. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was on the witness list for both. (The House hearing, slated for Wednesday, was postponed due to expected inclement weather.)
But the same divisions that scuttled the debate over critical infrastructure in 2012 haven't suddenly disappeared, even if some of the players have changed. The reality is that it may take many more months of hearings, markups, floor fights and more before Congress can pass the sort of broad cybersecurity bill that proponents have sought unsuccessfully for years.
"Some of our colleagues will have concerns about privacy issues, others will have questions and concerns about protections and incentives," Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) told POLITICO on Tuesday.
"We need to work those out," continued Carper, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Can we? I think we can. Should we? I think we've got to."
That's not exactly a new refrain.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc