Senate to vote soon on cyber security legislation

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will soon vote on legislation intended to thwart cyberattacks by encouraging private companies to let the government know about details of the breaches they experience.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made the announcement Tuesday. He said he hopes to add the cyber security measure to a large defense bill already under debate.

He spoke less than a week after a hack attack that may have exposed personal data of about 4 million federal employees. Officials say they suspect the breach was the work of China-based hackers.

The cyber security measure has bipartisan support. The defense bill itself is more controversial, even though it envisions more money for the military.

President Barack Obama is threatening a veto, saying he also wants more funding for domestic programs.