Feinstein Calls For Obama To Act on Cybersecurity
With the Senate stalled on cybersecurity legislation, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday joined the chorus of voices calling for President Obama to issue an executive order to secure American networks.
In a letter to Obama, Feinstein, who was among the co-sponsors of the Senate bill, said she is doubtful that Congress will be able to reach a compromise.
"Therefore, I believe the time has come for you to use your full authority to protect the U.S. economy and the networks we depend on from future cyber attack[s]," she wrote. She urged Obama to issue an executive order or take other action to enact "meaningful, if limited" measures.
Other members of Congress as well as former national security officials have said they would support an executive order, but the politics and policy of such a move could be complicated.