A lengthy filibuster by Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Senate led to a delay in the passing of the long-anticipated Cybersecurity Bill.
The Senate voted 52-46 to suspend debate on the issue, well short of the 60 votes needed to push the bill toward approval, according to a report from the New York Times
. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, led the opposition to the bill. He noted opponents of the bill, along with the U.S. Chamber of Congress, believe such legislation would be too burdensome for businesses across the country.
This problem came despite numerous efforts to dilute many of the bill's more powerful regulations in recent weeks, the report said. Sen. Susan Collins, who co-sponsored the bill, said the decision to filibuster was curious because it would have increased security for U.S. intelligence agencies as well, and Republicans have voiced support for such a move for some time. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
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