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Compromise Cybersecurity Measure Unravels in the Senate

The Senate was unable to move forward with the proposed cybersecurity compromise legislation (S 3413) that would incentivize private sector information sharing with Federal agencies rather than set regulatory standards.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was unable to gain consensus as to which proposed amendments could/should be considered during Senate Floor debate.  As a result, he proposed a cloture vote to halt discussions and bring the bill to the Floor – that vote failed late yesterday.  This failure means that the once promising measure has diminished opportunities for passage before Congress adjourns to get ready for the November elections.  ASDWA will continue to monitor this issue and keep state drinking water programs up to date.