Eyeing 'full' calendar, WH pushes cyber bill

The White House is working with the Senate to get a cyber threat information sharing bill “over the finish line,” the administration’s cybersecurity coordinator, said Tuesday.

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But while speaking to reporters after a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, Michael Daniel conceded the difficulties of moving any bill during the lame-duck session

“I am always an optimist, but certainly Congress has a very full calendar when it comes back for the lame duck and we don’t know how long that will be,” he said. “So we’ll see what we can get done.”

This summer, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA) over civil liberties objections from a few Democrats. The bill would provide safeguards for industry when sharing certain information with the government. The House has previously approved similar measures.

The White House has consistently supported lawmakers’ cyber threat information-sharing efforts, without specifically endorsing any single bill.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission issued guidelines explaining that antitrust concerns should not hinder the sharing of cybersecurity information among industry.

It was “a big step,” Daniel said Tuesday. “But there’s still more we need to do.”