Today the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has overcome another legislative hurdle heading towards passage in the House. The resolution pushing the bill forward passed 227-192 primarily along party lines with 8 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with the Republicans – Barber, Costa, Gutierrez, Schneider, Ruppersberger, McIntyre, Owens, and Matheson.
Final vote is expected on Thursday where it has a good chance of passing.
What happens upon reaching the Senate is unknown though President Obama has promised to veto the bill in its current form.
The Obama administration is threatening to veto legislation that would give private companies broad legal immunity for sharing cybersecurity information with the government. The White House detailed the changes it is seeking to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) in a Tuesday statement.
The legislation, which was sponsored by Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), is due for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. A version of the legislation passed the House a year ago, but companion legislation was defeated by a Senate filibuster.
Rather than giving the government the power to directly regulate private networks, CISPA focuses on encouraging private companies to share security-related information with each other and the government. The legislation limits the liability of private companies that engage in such information-sharing.
It is worth noting a similar promise to that one was made regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Regardless, Obama ultimately signed the bill and is now facing a lawsuit over it.
Now is the time to mobilize against the bill. The best way to make sure it will not become law is stop it at the earliest interval. Even if the effort to stop it in the House fails, opposition now can help build the infrastructure for opposition later in the Senate. Contact your rep in the House.