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Ruppersberger said he actually agrees with many of the White House's complaints. But he said that new regulations for critical infrastructure and tougher privacy protections will not make it through the GOP-controlled House. "I'm in the minority, and I'm doing the best that I can," Ruppersberger said. He emphasized that if Congress fails to pass cybersecurity legislation, the nation could suffer a devastating attack. "We weren't ready for 9/11. But we have an opportunity to be ready for this," he said.Only one Republican joined Democrats in the motion to recommit the bill: Walter Jones of North Carolina. Pete Kasperowitz at The Hill provides this recap of the debate and the vote, and indicates that President Obama's veto threat (which has not been withdrawn despite the House's approval) may have peeled a few Democrats off the yea votes. The roll call vote was 248-168, with 15 members not voting. Of those 248 yea votes, 42 were Democrats; 28 Republicans voted against passage. The transcript of the debate yesterday is not yet available, but we'll post it as soon as it becomes available. While the House still will debate the other three cybersecurity bills, it is likely that, as usual, it is the Senate's consideration that will likely formulate the ultimate agreement (or lackthereof).