Senate Won’t Vote on CISPA, Essentially Killing the Bill

ryanboehnerA couple of days ago I wrote a piece on why I wasn’t worried about CISPA.  Liberals were up in arms recently over the possible passage of this bill.  I argued many were overreacting as the White House had already issued a statement saying they would veto CISPA if it ever came to President Obama’s desk–and it wasn’t even likely to get that far anyway.

It’s now been confirmed that the Senate won’t take a vote on CISPA, which essentially kills the bill passed by the House earlier this month.

This would just be another example of Republicans in the House passing a bill which stands no chance at being implemented into law. Another vote which adds to the countless millions House Republicans have spent passing unconstitutional anti-abortion bills, votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a seemingly endless list of right-wing rhetoric which proved to be nothing more than political stunts instead of real governing.

My issue with CISPA wasn’t that it wasn’t an issue we should be concerned about.  It was the liberal fear mongering reporting I witnessed which never reported the statements made by the White House in regards to vetoing CISPA, or even the fact that it was unlikely to get to the President’s desk to start with.

While Democrats in the Senate said CISPA will not be voted on, they are working on a bill for cyber security which addresses the worries many had with CISPA’s loose language.  As I said before, there were justifiable concerns about the bill, including the very real possibility of our personal information being shared, without our knowledge, from sites such as Facebook or cell phone services such as AT&T (two supporters of CISPA).  Hopefully any future cyber security bills will be hammered out with much better language, which protects both national security and our personal information.

I hope the next time a cyber security bill comes to the table, those reporting the contents of that bill will seek a more rational approach to what’s actually inside of the bill and how far it’s likely to get, rather than in-your-face headlines such as “Facebook Will Soon Be Able to Sell Your Passwords to Your Employer.”

But for now Americans can rest a little easier with what appears to be the death of CISPA.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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