Several senators said they were rattled by the presentation, according to a White House official who was there. Others dismissed it as hype. Either way, it wasn’t enough to close the deal. After a long summer of tense negotiations, the bill died in August. Republicans rejected it as a government power grab that would create another intrusive federal bureaucracy. Corporate and power-industry lobbyists argued it would cost businesses billions to meet the new standards, with no assurance that they’d be effective. Even Democrats who supported the bill privately conceded it couldn’t specify exactly what the regulations would require and how much they would cost. “Based on my experience, very few people on the Hill get this,” says Shawn Henry, who stepped down as executive assistant director of the FBI in April. “You can’t see it, touch it, or taste it, so it’s somehow not real.”"
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