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Reid: Senate To Debate Cybersecurity Legislation In Early 2012

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.(J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to debate wide-ranging cybersecurity legislation during the first work period of 2012, according to backers of the measures.

Reid told Republican leaders of his decision in a letter late on Wednesday night, the top members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said in a statement.

"Every day Congress fails to strengthen the cybersecurity of the nation's critical infrastructure is another day of unacceptable risk for our country," committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn.; ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said in a joint statement. "There is no such thing as 100 percent security, on- or offline, but we must take action to strengthen our defenses against those who are constantly working to do us harm."

The trio has sponsored the Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, which would address government authority, structure, and other cybersecurity issues. The bill has been criticized, however, by civil libertarians who contend it would give the government too much power over the Internet.

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