By Jennifer Martinez and Brendan Sasso - 07/26/12 10:55 PM EDT
The Lede: Now that Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) cybersecurity bill cleared an important procedural vote, observers will be watching to see if the Senate can work out an agreement on amendments that will be brought to the floor.
The motion to proceed to Lieberman's Cybersecurity Act was approved 84-11 on Thursday, setting the stage for debate on amendments beginning next week. Several Republicans voted in favor of the bill moving forward after Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) agreed to an open amendment process.
In the meantime, members will be meeting again Friday to continue their negotiations on reaching an agreement between the Cybersecurity Act and Secure It. Participants include Lieberman and the co-sponsors of his bill, members involved in leading earlier compromise efforts, as well as the backers of the Secure It Act.
Also on Thursday, Sens. Al FrankenAl FrankenDon’t let Congress legislate science The Hill's 12:30 Report Clinton’s 9 most likely VP picks MORE (D-Minn.), Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalOvernight Tech: Groups grade Clinton tech agenda | Facebook activates safety check in Istanbul | Another holdup for location data bill Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico Reid backs House Puerto Rico bill MORE (D-Conn.) and Chris CoonsChris CoonsAttorney general says she will defer to FBI on Clinton emails Lynch pressured to recuse herself after Clinton tarmac meeting Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Del.) said they plan to introduce amendments aimed at beefing up the privacy protections in the bill. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) also plans to introduce an amendment that would create a chief privacy officer in the Office of Management and Budget, which Blumenthal is expected to support.
The ACLU voiced support for Franken's amendment in a blog post. The amendment would remove measures in Lieberman's bill that would give Internet service providers and other private companies the authority to monitor communications flowing through their information systems for cyber threats and use certain countermeasures to combat them.
An aide to Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Cybersecurity: DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 speaks out IRS inversion rules face blowback Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico MORE (D-Ore.) said he will file his GPS Act as an amendment. The measure would require police to obtain a warrant before requesting location data from a person's cellphone, laptop or GPS device, except in an emergency.
Industry groups will be weighing whether the amendments will affect their ability to share information with the government. IBM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have already raised concerns with the information-sharing provisions in Lieberman's bill.
Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Tech: Obama signs FOIA reform bill | Musicians take YouTube fight to Europe | Feds probe first driverless car death Obama signs bill to expand access to federal records Dems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle MORE (D-Vt.) has filed four amendments that focus on data security and privacy, and stiffening penalties for cyber crime, among other issues. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has also said he plans on putting forward privacy-focused amendments.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) filed an amendment that would ban high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, Colo. The amendment is also backed by Democratic Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Calif. Dem missed votes, sit-in on trip to Spain Hispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 MORE (Calif.), Jack ReedJack ReedMcCain wants hearings on lifting of military's transgender ban McChrystal backs McCain's Pentagon reform proposal Overnight Defense: Biden hits Trump on national security | Dems raise pressure over refugees | Graham vows fight over spending caps MORE (R.I.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Menendez rails against Puerto Rico bill for 4 hours on floor Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Former Gillibrand aide wins NY House primary Dems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling MORE (N.Y.), Charles SchumerCharles SchumerFormer Gillibrand aide wins NY House primary Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump MORE (N.Y.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinHouse to vote on NRA-backed gun measure Homeland Security Committee pushes encryption commission in new report Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream MORE (N.Y.).
Facebook meets expectations, but stock slips: Facebook met analysts' expectations in its first earning report as a public company on Thursday, but the stock's value fell about 10 percent in after-hours trading.
The company reported a second-quarter loss of $157 million, but that was mostly due to stock-based compensations. Not counting those costs, the company reported $295 million in earnings and $1.18 billion in revenue.
FCC unveils Connect America map: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled an online map on Thursday that shows where its Connect America funds are going.
The Connect America Fund is a multibillion-dollar subsidy to support expanding broadband Internet access. The FCC created the subsidy last year when it overhauled its Universal Service Fund, which supported telephone service.
The FCC announced on Wednesday that it will spend $115 million in the first phase of Connect America.
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