WSJ: CYBERSECURITY, CIVIL LIBERTIES: the House on April 18 passed a bill (HR 624) to expand data-sharing between private businesses and federal security agencies in order to bolster U.S. defenses against cyberattacks … it was criticized as an infringement on privacy rights and other civil liberties. The bill grants immunity from prosecution to companies that share customer data with the government.A yes vote was to pass the bill.
Voting yes: Paul Ryan, R-1, Ron Kind, D-3, Tom Petri, R-6, Sean Duffy, R-7, Reid Ribble, R-8
Voting no: Mark Pocan, D-2, Gwen Moore, D-4, James Sensenbrenner, R-5
Thought that was bad? Republicans couldn't wait to hand control of our personal lives to business.
PASSWORD PRIVACY: Voting 189 for and 224 against, defeating a bid to protect the privacy of social networking passwords as part of HR 624. The Democratic measure sought to prohibit employers from requiring employees to divulge passwords to sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as a condition of employment. A yes vote backed the motion.
Voting yes: Pocan, Kind, Moore
Voting no: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble
Are Republicans serious about getting tough on mental illness, in exchange for voting against background checks? Are you kidding? Dumb Ron Johnson would have made it easier for troubled veterans to carry a weapon:
VETERANS’ BACKGROUND CHECKS: Voting 56 for and 44 against, the Senate on April 17 failed to reach 60 votes for advancing an amendment to S 649 (above) setting up a special appeals process in the Veterans’ Administration for veterans who fail gun-purchase background checks because they have been adjudicated mentally ill. A yes vote backed the amendment.
Voting yes: Johnson
Voting no: Baldwin