Congressman Trent Franks' Critical Infrastructure Protection Act Passes Unanimously
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), a ranking Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on tonight's unanimous House Floor passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.
"The Department of Homeland Security has the specific responsibility to secure the key resources and critical infrastructure in the United States, to include power production, generation and distribution systems. The U.S. electric grid is fundamental to our continued way of life and practical steps must be taken to protect those critical elements that serve the United States from all threats. The negative impacts on U.S. financial, agricultural, medical and other critical societal infrastructure are potentially catastrophic in a severe electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or severe space weather event.
"Today with the passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, we are one step closer to protecting America from one of the potentially more serious short term national security threats we face.
"Anyone who has tried to feed their family or keep their children warm after the power has gone out will understand why this act is so crucially important. I am happy to see that my colleagues in the House of Representatives have taken this first step to protect our nation.
"Passage of this legislation will help the United States prevent and prepare for such an event by including large-scale blackouts into existing national planning scenarios, including educational awareness for first responders to protect critical infrastructure. Most importantly, it requires specific plans for protecting and recovering the electric grid and other critical infrastructure from a dangerous EMP event.
"There is a moment from the life of nearly every problem when it is big enough to be seen by reasonable people and still small enough to be successfully addressed. Those of us across America live in a time when there still may be opportunity for the free world to address and mitigate the vulnerability that naturally occurring or weaponized EMP represents to the mechanisms of our civilization. This is our moment."