Senators vow to push ahead on cybersecurity, even without compromise


"I'm for taking it to the floor and taking it to the American people, and you have to decide, do you want to protect the people or you're making the perfect the enemy of the good," Mikulski said.

Collins emphasized that the bill's supporters are still meeting with critics, led by Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid McCain's family, McCain Institute to promote #ActsOfCivility in marking first anniversary of senator's death MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who have put forward their own proposal, the SECURE IT Act.

"I think the differences are narrowing, but there's no doubt that there still some pretty significant disagreements," said Collins, who has co-sponsored the Cybersecurity Act, along with Sens. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerBottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease Lobbying World MORE (D-W.Va.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death MORE (D-Calif.).

"I just think it's irresponsible if we do not pass a bill," Collins said.

The White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNo, it is not racist to question birthright citizenship McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' MORE (D-Nev.) are also pushing for the legislation, but some GOP senators are worried the legislation will impose unnecessary burdens on businesses.

The supporters of the bill watered down the regulatory provisions last week, replacing government cybersecurity mandates with incentives to meet voluntary standards, but that does not appear to have been enough to appease all of the critics.

Both Lieberman and Collins said they believe there is still time to reach a deal. But with the Senate set to break for the August recess after this week, supporters will have to work fast to secure the 60 votes they need to approve the bill.

—Jennifer Martinez contributed.