Lieberman-Collins cybersecurity bill clears committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved a [sweeping cybersecurity bill]( that would bolster the federal government’s authority to respond to a major attack on critical digital infrastructure.

The bill, co-sponsored by Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), heads to the full Senate after the committee adopted a substitute amendment to limit the president’s powers in the event of a cyberemergency.

The version of the bill reported by the committee limits the president’s authority to take control of private or public networks to 120 days, at which point the emergency powers would require congressional approval.

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