Cybersecurity

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.

{mosads}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 Feinstein (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. 

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