"The senators backing sweeping and controversial legislation to
overhaul U.S. cybersecurity policy pressed their cause Tuesday,
signaling in a hearing that they have no intention of backing down
from a dramatic expansion of executive authority to respond to an
attack on the nation's digital infrastructure.
""This hearing is a next step in examining the important action
we should be taking, right now -- as a government and as a national
economy -- to harden our defenses and safeguard critical
infrastructure against a major cyber attack," said Commerce
Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV).
"Rockefeller, along with Olympia Snowe (R-ME), jointly
introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 last April, legislation
that drew immediate protests from groups that warned against
provisions in the bill that could supersede privacy laws in the
event of a cyber attack and give the president authority to take
temporary control over private networks."