This vote proves that the Republicans are no more interested in America’s national security than the Democrats. It’s all about loyalty to the lobbies. Something must be done about the cyber threat. Nothing is more urgent. And the government failed us again. This vote should be remembered if we devastated by an attack:
Earlier this year, top national security officials held a classified briefing in the Capitol for about half the Senate, warning that the country’s crucial infrastructure was highly vulnerable to a major cyber attack and urging Congress to move swiftly to require new safeguards.
Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were among those who pressed for a White House-backed cyber-security bill to regulate privately owned crucial infrastructure, such as electric utilities, chemical plants and water systems.
If the senators didn’t act, they argued, it would make it harder to stop hackers, criminals and hostile nations from wreaking unimaginable havoc, such as knocking out sections of New York City’s electrical grid for days during a summer heat wave.
But theU.S. Chamber of Commerceand other business groups strenuously opposed the measure, condemning it as excessive government interference in the free market and arguing that cumbersome federal regulations could hamper companies trying to defend against cyber intrusions.