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Lieberman and Collins said the committee worked hard to involve business groups in the development of the bill, and made changes to address their concerns.

Collins added that members of Congress should not be in the position where there is a destructive cyberattack and they have to look back and say “if only” they had taken action when they could.

During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Thursday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the legislation is needed to help combat a rising threat to the U.S. homeland.

“We can’t place enough emphasis on it,” he said, adding that there is nowhere in the U.S. that is adequately protected against cyberattacks by fringe groups and hackers.

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