Cybersecurity Derailed

Media coverage of the Republican filibuster of a major defense bill last week focused on the high-profile spat over repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

But the death of the legislation also meant the death of Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin's cybersecurity amendment which would, among other things, strengthen the hand of the president's cybersecurity czar by giving him budget authority over large swaths of the government vulnerable to attack.

Langevin never had an easy path to passage during this Congress. Earlier this year, Senate leaders signaled that they preferred a more comprehensive cybersecurity bill, while Langevin - the leading cybersecurity voice on the House side -voiced skepticism about the Senate's ability to push through such legislation and argued for incremental progress.

Now, with the GOP taking control of the House and grabbing several more seats in the Senate, that fate of cybersecurity legislation is unclear - though it would seem to be one area where Democrats and Republicans, sure to be at each other's throats on most issues, could find common ground.


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