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Following Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack, Rush Introduces Two Bipartisan Bills To Enhance Cybersecurity For U.S. Energy Infrastructure

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, reintroduced two bipartisan bills this week to secure America's energy infrastructure.

The Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act (H.R.3078), which Rush introduced with Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), will strengthen the Department of Energy's ability to respond to physical and cybersecurity threats to our nation's pipelines and liquid natural gas (LNG) facilities.

"Last weekend's cyberattack exposed our vulnerabilities and underscored the urgent need to strengthen our energy infrastructure and protect the systems that help power our way of life," said Rush and Upton in a joint statement. "The Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act will help the Department of Energy respond effectively to physical and cyber threats to our nation's pipeline and LNG facilities. Our national security and economic vitality rely on the efficient transport of crucial energy supplies nationwide. Any prolonged delay in fuel delivery can hike gas prices, impact business operations, raise energy costs for American families, and invite adversaries to exploit these vulnerabilities. We need to work together now to prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future."

The Energy Emergency Leadership Act (H.R.3119), which Rush introduced with Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), would help elevate energy emergency and cybersecurity responsibilities as a core function for the Department of Energy. Specifically, the legislation would amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to require the Secretary of the Department of Energy to assign energy emergency and energy security functions to an Assistant Secretary, including responsibilities with respect to infrastructure and cybersecurity. Rush and Walberg introduced similar legislation last Congress, which passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.

"The Energy Emergency Leadership Act will go a long way in helping to protect our nation's electric infrastructure from hackers in the future," said Rush.

In February, Rush introduced the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2021 (H.R. 1374), which would enhance the security of our nation's energy grid by providing federal financial assistance to states to implement, review, and revise state energy security plans.

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