Capital Thinking Update - September 10, 2012

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In This Issue:

- General Legislative

- Agriculture & Food

- Budget, Appropriations

- Cybersecurity

- Education

- Energy

- Environment

- Financial Services

- Health Care

- International, Defense, Homeland Security

- Sequestration

- Tax

- TechComm

- Transportation

- Excerpt from Cybersecurity:

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY -

Cybersecurity Legislation. Throughout the August recess, Members of the Senate continued to focus on the need for action on cybersecurity issues in a host of ways. A group of nine Republican Senators released a statement blaming the failure of cybersecurity legislation on Senate Democrats, while several Democratic members of Congress and the former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt made statements calling for the President to take executive action on cybersecurity given the Congress’ failure to act. Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff also recently called on Congress to move forward on cybersecurity issues along with the need for enhanced authorities to protect critical infrastructure based on concerns over cybersecurity threats to the electric grid. Wellinghoff noted that there needs to be a more effective ways to communicate with utilities and to have enforcement authority to protect electric and natural gas infrastructure against cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

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