Cyber bill on Senate's 2012 agenda

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 7:11pm EST

Cybersecurity legislation will be on the Senate's agenda in 2012, according National Journal.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the issue will come up during the first work period of the new year.

The National Journal reports Reid told Republican leaders about his decision in a letter late last night.

The top members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee issued a statement, saying that everyday Congress fails to strengthen the cybersecurity of the nation's critical infrastructure, is another day of unacceptable risk.

The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act addresses government authority, structure, and other cybersecurity issues.

Civil libertarians criticize the bill for giving the government too much power over the Internet.

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