The nation’s national security experts issued the warning: The country must upgrade its cybersecurity machinery or face increasing vulnerability to an attack. You would think Congress would put the usual partisan jabbing aside and act to prevent, say, the bringing down of the electrical grid on a sweltering summer day.
Try again. On Thursday, a Senate bill failed to win passage. Oh, it won a majority, just not the 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led the opposition, citing the threat of excessive regulation. Yet here was a bill that won support of intelligence types and the American Civil Liberties Union. And one of its lead sponsors? Susan Collins of Maine, ranking Republican on the homeland security committee.