The White House on Wednesday praised U.S. senators for passing key portions of cyber security legislation aimed at protecting the nation from computer hacks and urged them reach a final measure with counterparts in the House of Representatives.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters President Barack Obama is encouraged by the Senate action.

“We’re hopeful that the Senate and House can work together expeditiously to send the best possible bill to the president’s desk as soon as possible,” he said.

The Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

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