Rush Applauds Committee Passage of Legislation to Secure Energy Infrastructure In The Wake of Colonial Pipeline Attack

Jun 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, at a full Committee markup by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, applauded Committee passage of two bipartisan bills he introduced to secure America’s energy infrastructure.

“The Colonial Pipeline crisis pushed the urgency of confronting vulnerabilities within our energy system into the spotlight,” said Rush.   “In the face of threats from bad actors and other looming challenges such as climate change, it is more important than ever that we work in a bipartisan manner to advance the resiliency, reliability, and security of our energy systems.

“Today’s Committee passage of two critical pieces of cybersecurity legislation, which I was proud to work on with my colleagues across the aisle, demonstrates our steadfast and bipartisan commitment to advancing legislation that will support the Federal Government’s response to a variety of pressing challenges that threaten the security of our grid.”

The Energy Emergency Leadership Act (H.R. 3119), which Rush introduced with Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), would elevate energy emergency and cybersecurity responsibilities as a core function for the Department of Energy by requiring the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to assign energy emergency and energy security functions to an Assistant Secretary, including responsibilities with respect to infrastructure and cybersecurity.  

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

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