White House stands by cyber veto threat

The White House stands by its veto threat on a controversial cybersecurity information-sharing bill that enables the private sector to swap data with the National Security Administration (NSA).

The measure — known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) — differs from a recent White House information-sharing legislative proposal, which focuses on the private sector sharing cyber data with the Department of Homeland Security.


Just days before the White House rolled out its offering, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) reintroduced CISPA, which passed the House last year before dying in the Senate.

The administration has threatened to veto previous iterations of the bill.

A Twitter user asked White House spokesman Eric Schultz whether President Obama would oppose CISPA if the bill made it to his in 2015.

“We issued a veto threat on this which we still stand by,” Schultz tweeted in response Wednesday morning.

During the lame-duck session of Congress last year, White House officials were somewhat mum on their stance on a Senate version of the bill, known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), backed by then-Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFive takeaways from Mueller's report Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback MORE (D-Calif.).

While there is bipartisan support for some type of cyber information-sharing bill, lawmakers in both parties have not united around any single offering.

The White House has pledged to work with a variety of lawmakers to negotiate an agreement.