The White House released a blueprint that it hopes will guide Congress in their crafting of cybersecurity legislation.
"The proposed legislation is focused on improving cybersecurity for the American people, our Nation's critical infrastructure, and the Federal Government's own networks and computers," the White House said in a press release.
Here are the highlights of what the White House wants to do:
That's what Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called Thursday's Senate hearing at which top executives of the nation's five largest oil companies appeared, summoned by Democrats who wanted the businessmen to explain why their companies still needed certain tax breaks even as they posted eye-popping profits.
Hatch even had a photo of a dog sitting atop a pony enlarged into a chart to help make his point. And the senator seemed mighty proud of his joke which elicited the following exchange with Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus:
A recently-formed group that aims to move the Ohio River Bridges Project forward is seeking to join, then end a lawsuit between conservation group River Fields and the Federal Highway Administration. Kentuckians for Progress filed a request to join River Fields’ suit against the government today. River Fields asserts that the federal government has not properly justified the case for a two bridge project, and the group would like to block an east end bridge from being built.
After a couple years of recession and state budget cuts, the president of Eastern Kentucky University says some bills are coming due. Two new buildings are going on-line at EKU and President Doug Whitlock must figure out how to pay for their operation and maintenance. The state once provided funds for such expenses, but, now schools like Eastern must pay those bills.
President Obama met Thursday with Senate Republicans to discuss the nation's debt ceiling and long-term efforts to control the deficit. Meanwhile, a group of Main Street businesses are urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling without delay.