Rush Amendment Passes a Vote in Full E&C Committee Markup
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) who serves as Ranking Member on the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee submitted a bipartisan amendment along with Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) at today’s full committee markup. The Amendment to H.R. 3050, filed by Reps. Upton and Rush, intends to update the Energy Policy and Conservation Act that provides federal financial assistance to states to implement, review and revise energy security plans. The amendment was adopted by the full committee.
Rush stated, “I also want to voice my strong support for the Upton-Rush Amendment to the bill, which simply adds tribes as stakeholders to the multi-state and regional coordination planning and response, and also allows states to enter into public–private partnership when developing their energy security plans. These energy security plans play an instrumental role in improving the states’ abilities to identify potential energy disruptions, quantify the effects of energy disruptions, establish response plans and limit the risk of future disturbances.
“These security plans take into account multiple factors such as statewide energy needs, current energy assets, workforce issues and access to renewables and energy efficiency initiatives. Having states draft these emergency plans helps them identify the legal authorities and responsibilities spelled out between federal, state and local agencies in cases of emergencies. These plans also help to coordinate emergency response measures between state and local governments, as well as with industry and various emergencies agencies. Additionally, the grants from this bill can be used to conduct state and regional enhanced training exercises in order to help mitigate the risks of having energy disruptions and respond to these emergencies in a timely fashion if and when they do occur. These state energy security plans can play pivotal roles in protecting lives and livelihoods, as well as state and regional economies against potential energy disasters, whether they be physical or cyber, natural or manmade.”
Rush commended the full committee for working with the minority side in drafting this bill.