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Rush Energy Security Bill Passes House of Representatives

July 19, 2021

Legislation would elevate cybersecurity as a core function of Energy Department

WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Energy Subcommittee, applauded the bipartisan passage, by voice vote, of his Energy Emergency Leadership Act (H.R. 3119), which would create a new Assistant Secretary position at the Department of Energy (DOE) with jurisdiction over energy emergency and energy security functions, including those related to infrastructure and cybersecurity. The bill would elevate energy emergency and cybersecurity responsibilities as core functions of DOE.

"Our energy infrastructure is facing major, increasing threats from ransomware attacks, climate change, and bad actors — this reality has been thrown into stark relief in recent months," said Rep. Rush. "By creating a new Assistant Secretary position, the Energy Emergency Leadership Act will boost energy security as a core responsibility of the Department. This is necessary given recent attacks, including on Colonial Pipeline, as well as ongoing threats to our energy infrastructure that we will no doubt continue to face. I'm glad to see this important legislation pass the House in a bipartisan manner, and I am hopeful that the Senate will act on it soon."

Rush introduced the legislation in May with Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) in the wake of the devastating ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline; the bill passed through the Energy and Commerce Committee on June 10.

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