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Congressman Trent Franks

Representing the 8th District of Arizona

Franks Introduces CIPA to prevent dangerous widespread power failures

February 27, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of constant threats to the electric grid that have directly threatened the survivability and functionality of critical United States infrastructure Congressman Franks introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act today.

"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. Yet thirteen years after this job description was enacted, our nation's most critical infrastructure - and the systems that more than 300 Million Americans depend upon every day for basic activities - are still vulnerable to large scale blackouts.

"Anyone who understands how critical our power grid has become in modern America to feeding our families or keeping our children warm will understand why this act is so crucially important. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act will enhance DHS threat assessments for geomagnetic disturbances and electromagnetic pulse blackouts which will enable practical steps to protect the vital electric grid that serves America and her critical financial, agricultural, medical and emergency response capabilities and many other critical systems.

“I am encouraged that the House of Representatives passed this legislation unanimously last Congress.  I look forward to working with both my House and Senate colleagues in this new Congress to ensure this critical measure makes it to the President's desk.”

 

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