Dems fume at Chamber as cybersecurity talks flounder

Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) took a similar line. When asked what the biggest hurdle the bill faces, Rockefeller bluntly said: "The Chamber of Commerce, as always."

Lieberman and Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGun proposal picks up GOP support Gingrich: Banning rapid fire gun modification is ‘common sense’ House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance MORE (D-Calif.) and Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThis week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Lift the Jones Act and similar restrictions for humanitarian crises Overnight Tech: White House unveils tech education initiative | Bannon reportedly sought to spy on Facebook | Uber CEO to appeal London ban | John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE (D-Del.) met with representatives of the Chamber last week to discuss their concerns with the information-sharing section of the bill, which is aimed at improving the flow of data about cyber threats between the government and industry in real time. 

The Chamber has said the provisions in that section would impede the ability of businesses to share cyber threat information directly with the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency, and has called for wider liability protections.  

Members met with legal representatives from the Chamber again on Monday, according to co-sponsor Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Dems take on Trump's chemical safety pick Dems lambaste Trump’s ‘outrageous’ EPA chemical safety pick Infrastructure spending bill sliding down agenda MORE (D-Del.). At that meeting, Carper said the business lobby referred to aspects of the bill that co-sponsors had already amended in a revised version.

"It was pretty clear to the senators in the room that the Chamber of Commerce's lawyers hadn't read the most recent version of the bill," Carper said. "They need to read the legislation that was actually introduced."

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) took a jab at the Chamber on the Senate floor Monday and later told reporters that its opposition to the Cybersecurity Act was "unrelenting."

"If we don't do this bill, it's not a question if there will be a cyber attack that will be really devastating to our country, it's only a question of when — and it can be stopped," Reid said on the Senate floor. "I would hope the Chamber of Commerce would get some sense."

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal Another health funding cliff puts care for millions at risk Top Senate Dem: We're going forward with understanding we can work with White House on DACA MORE (R-Mo.), one of the GOP members that Senate Democrats are hoping to sway, acknowledged the influence of the Chamber in the debate.

"It's a factor," Blunt said. "If you're going to involve the critical infrastructure — from a private sector prospective — in helping set and adopt voluntary standards, you have to do everything you can to minimize the opposition to that concept and create the potential for more of a buy-in of why they need to do this."

The warring sides hadn't reached a deal on amendments to move forward with the bill as of Tuesday afternoon. While Lieberman said there's still time for members to strike out a deal, hopes for an agreement seemed to be fading.

"It's moving. Is it moving fast enough? Time will tell," Rockefeller said.