Democrats: Cybersecurity legislation a priority in new Congress

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“The new Congress has a real opportunity to reach needed consensus on bipartisan legislation that will strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity,” Rockefeller said in a statement.

Feinstein warned that the "threat of a cyber attack is real, and it is growing."

"Given all that relies on a safe and secure Internet, it is vital that we do what’s necessary to protect ourselves from hackers, cyber thieves, and terrorists," Carper said.

Democrats and the Obama administration last year backed the Cybersecurity Act, which would have set cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure operators and would have encouraged companies and the government to share information about cyber threats.

Republicans, led by Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain downplays threat of preemptive strike against North Korea McCain plan gains momentum amid North Korea threats Sunday shows preview: Trump plans next steps MORE (R-Ariz.), claimed the bill's cybersecurity standards would have been cumbersome and ineffective. Supporters were unable to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. 

The White House is now working on an executive order that would encourage companies to meet government cybersecurity standards.