Oct 28, 2012
Cybersecurity legislation faces long odds of passing Congress this year despite forceful calls for action from the White House and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
After Panetta warned in a speech last month that the cyber threat facing the United States represents a “pre-9/11 moment,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he planned to bring cybersecurity legislation to the floor in November and take another shot at clearing a bill through the upper chamber.
But there are several roadblocks that could prevent a bill from even reaching the Senate floor, and observers say Congress will likely punt the issue to next year.
One of the chief complicating factors is the packed docket of legislation the Senate needs to complete before adjourning at the end of the year.