House Democrats and Republicans in the House voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would increase penalties for cyberattacks against the U.S. intelligence community and the Federal Reserve.
The measure would require the Federal Communications Commission to establish new cybersecurity policies and rules, and would give the government the power to block companies from providing sensitive information to third parties.
The bill passed 217-191.
The House is expected to take up the bill this week.
It’s likely to include language that would allow the FBI to share cyberthreat intelligence with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 also calls for the establishment of a Cyber Security Working Group, which would develop a set of rules, guidelines and regulations to protect critical infrastructure and the U:s commercial- and industrial-sector.