IN CONGRESS: The Senate failed to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage.
THE POLITICS: Both parties say they are committed to approving a final bill when they return in September from a month-long recess. But deep divisions over the right approach will make it difficult to forge a compromise.
THE NEED: Top national security officials warn about the potential for devastating assaults on American computer networks. The bill would give the federal government and businesses the tools they need to deal with vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure systems.