April 25th, 2012
05:20 PM ET
The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on Wednesday recommending that the president veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act should it pass Congress. The House is scheduled to take up the bill Thursday with a final vote on Friday.
Sponsored by chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, CISPA would broaden the intelligence community’s ability to share classified information about threats to the nation’s cyber security with private businesses or other non-governmental parties.
Supporters of the bill claim that it would help businesses defend themselves from cyber attacks, limits the government’s ability to force company’s to hand over private information and helps to minimize the government’s intrusion into the internet.
The administration primarily took issue with the bill’s lack of privacy protections. In a statement, the Office of Management and Budget argued that language in the bill “effectively treats domestic cybersecurity as an intelligence activity and thus, significantly departs from longstanding efforts to treat the Internet and cyberspace as civilian spheres.”
Here’s more from the veto threat:
The bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee quickly released a joint statement saying that many of the administration's concerns should be addressed through the amendment process when the bill comes to the floor on Thursday.
In the statement, Chairman Rogers and ranking member Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger – who's a cosponsor of the bill – went on to say, "The SAP was limited to the bill in 'its current form' – however, as the bipartisan managers of the bill announced yesterday – they have agreed to a package of amendments that address nearly every single one of the criticisms leveled by the Administration, particularly those regarding privacy and civil liberties of Americans. Congress must lead on this critical issue and we hope the White House will join us.”