Stepping back from earlier announcements that comprehensive cybersecurity legislation would be considered by the end of the year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that once the Senate returns from a holiday recess in January, one of the first bills it will consider is cybersecurity legislation.

Reid, along with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has been working for months on legislation he hopes will not only pass in the Senate but in the House as well.  In a letter to McConnell, Reid said that while work on the legislation is progressing, they have not reached the point where the text is ready to be voted on.  The Senate’s new timeline meshes with the House, where Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), has said that he would be bringing cybersecurity legislation to the floor in early 2012.