• On November 14, 2012, S. 3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (summarized here) was prevented from going to a vote. Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, then released a statement criticizing Senate Republicans for failing to support the bill, noting that “Every day we fail to act brings us closer to a catastrophic cyber attack.” To read the full press release, click here.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, spoke on the Senate floor on the cybersecurity issue, explaining that she believes the Senate should consider the competing bill introduced by Sen. John McCain, S. 3342, the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information and Technology Act (“SECURE IT Act”). She stated that S. 3342 “offers the balanced approach that will significantly advance cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors.” To read Sen. Hutchison’s full statement, click here.