WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to
protect critical U.S. industries from cyberattacks and electronic
espionage has cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate.
Lawmakers on Thursday
overwhelmingly approved a motion 84-11 that allows the legislation to
move to the Senate floor for consideration. Thirty four Republicans
voted for the motion.
Sen. Joe Lieberman,
I-Conn., and other co-sponsors of the long-delayed bill won critical GOP
support for moving ahead by removing regulatory provisions that would
have required companies operating electric power plants, water supply
facilities, banking systems and other essential businesses to meet
cybersecurity standards established by the Homeland Security Department.
The new version of the bill offers incentives, such as liability
protection and technical assistance, to businesses that voluntarily
participate in a government-run cybersecurity program. The White House
supports the bill.
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