Rush Legislation To Improve Energy Emergency Leadership Passes House

Sep 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 362, the Energy Emergency Leadership Act.  This bipartisan piece of legislation, introduced by U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), establishes a new Assistant Secretary position with jurisdiction over energy emergency and energy security functions.  The bill passed by a bipartisan majority in the House.

“As we continue our work to modernize the nation’s electric grid and establish a 21st century energy economy, the bolstering of our cybersecurity defenses is all the more essential.  The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has underscored this fact and the indispensability of a secure electric grid.

“That is why I am pleased to see the Energy Emergency Leadership Act pass the House today with the overwhelming, bipartisan support of my colleagues.  Through this bill we formally elevate the Department of Energy’s role in securing our electric grid’s infrastructure from cyber threats to prevent disruptions to our economy, national security, and everyday lives.”

H.R. 362 amends 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.