House panel OKs cybersecurity bill; opponents fear more monitoring of Internet

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Collectively, the bill’s supporters gave more than $3.25 million to members of the intelligence committee between July 2010 and July 2012, Maplight reported after analyzing federal data.

By contrast, the groups opposing the bill gave $212,208 over the same period.

However, as Maplight point out, more recent figures might tell a different story.

“Several major web companies that had supported the bill in the last session of Congress (Facebook, Microsoft, and others) have withdrawn their support for the bill this session, citing concerns about privacy,” Maplight notes.

Mr. Schiff called on the House leadership, who now must schedule a floor debate and decide which amendments will be considered, “to ensure that we have a full and open debate and that my amendment, and others to make a real difference in protecting privacy and civil liberties, receive an up or down vote on the House floor.”

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Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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