Yesterday, Senator Jay Rockefeller announced that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, which he chairs, will hold a hearing on cybersecurity issues on March 29. This is not a new issue for Senator Rockefeller or the Senate Commerce Committee, which approved cybersecurity legislation during the 111th Congress. The Senate Homeland Security Committee had its own competing cybersecurity bill last Congress. Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff have been working to develop a consensus cybersecurity bill, which would reconcile the various jurisdictional interests in the Senate.
As we have previously posted, there is also engagement on cybersecurity issues in the House. Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) — a senior member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and the chair of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet — has indicated his intent to take up cybersecurity legislation during the 112th Congress. And most recently, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) has introduced cybersecurity legislation.