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July 24, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:58pm

CLINTON DEFEATED AS ENCRYPTION CONTROL BILL CLEARS HURDLE

By CBR Staff Writer

Despite heavy lobbying from President Clinton’s administration, his security advisors and federal agencies, the house international Relation committee this week approved a bill that would remove export controls on encryption technology. The committee rejected an amendment by New York Republican representative Benjamin Gilman that would have permitted the President a veto to block export of software containing encryption technology. The bill had the support of more than 190 representatives who believe – along with almost the entire computer industry – that the US export policy is antiquated and unworkable. However, the battle is far from over. The bill, sponsored by Virginian Republican bob Goodlatte, has a long way to go. It has three more House committee referrals to get through, and perhaps more importantly, it faces competition from a bill currently going through the Senate, which is backed by the Clinton administration. The bill, sponsored by Bob Kerrey, a Nebrsakan Democrat and John McCain, a Republican from Arizona calls for retaining some export controls and creating a key recovery system, in other words pretty much the situation now.

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