Cybersecurity bill could be stalled by House-Senate differences

February 16, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Spending
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via Next Gov

The House Republican tapped to drive passage of cyber legislation across committees said he does not plan to work on a comprehensive bill, a departure from Senate efforts to pass one large package covering federal, private and international networks.

“I just don’t think we’re going to solve all of cyber in a single bill,” Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told Nextgov. “And when we try to solve anything in a single bill, it’s usually a mess, i.e., health care.” He spoke ahead of a Friday Armed Services hearing on the role of the military in protecting cyberspace.

Thornberry said he has an agreement with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to push individual committees to act this year. “I told him I don’t want to do another study,” said Thornberry, whom Boehner appointed to the new post on Dec. 15, 2010.

But if House leaders prefer piecemeal legislation and Senate leaders continue to press for one big measure, then their differences could delay action this year.

Thornberry, who also serves as the Armed Services vice chairman, is using his session on Friday to examine the responsibilities of the Defense Department in protecting commercial targets, government assets and private individuals.

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