Controversial surveillance legislation endorsed by the White House won’t breeze through the US Senate as quickly as its proponents wanted: after a revolt led by Republicans the body won’t address Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) until after its summer recess.
The move prompted praise of GOP leadership from Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden. “Once again, those who value Americans’ privacy more than political expediency have made sure this harmful, misguided bill won’t sail through the Senate without meaningful debate,” Wyden said. “The Republican leadership’s decision to put off a vote on Cisa indefinitely gives us more time to mobilize against this cyber-surveillance bill and to persuade Congress to take up legislation that will actually improve Americans’ security, while also protecting their privacy.”
With the delay, as with most activity in the Senate, there is horse-trading: Democrats will now get a limited number of 11 amendments to the bill. Republicans will have 10.
Cisa would allow everyone from banks to data brokers to Facebook to secretly share the information of private citizens with the federal government in a move the bill’s proponents have characterized as a tradeoff for greater security.