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DONNA CASSATA
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House's solid bipartisan vote for a cybersecurity bill sends a message to the Senate: Now it's your turn to act.

Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on Thursday. It would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent electronic attacks from cybercriminals, foreign governments and terrorists.

The vote was 248 to 168, with 42 Democrats joining 206 Republicans in backing the measure.

Congressional leaders are determined to get a cybersecurity bill completed this election year, but that may be difficult. The Obama administration and several leading Senate Democrats and Republicans want a bill with security standards. The House bill would impose no new regulations on businesses, an imperative for Republicans.

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