H.R. 1073, Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, as amended

H.R. 1073

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, as amended

Date
November 16, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, November 16, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 1073, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1073 was introduced on February 25, 2015 by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on June 25, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1073 requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to undertake research and planning activities to mitigate the potential consequences of electromagnetic pulses (EMP), resulting from either intentional acts or natural causes, on critical infrastructure, such as public utilities and national security assets. The bill requires DHS to submit to Congress, not later than one year after enactment, a strategy to protect and prepare critical infrastructure against EMP events.   DHS is currently carrying-out programs similar to those required by the bill.

Background

The mission of DHS is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.  The threat of EMP, whether due to a nuclear weapon or solar flares, represents another high-consequence, low-probability threat, which has had little attention from the Department.  H.R. 1073 requires the DHS Secretary to assess both EMP threats in the context of other threats to determine the research and development needs to mitigate the threat and consequences of EMP events, develop strategic guidance for the Department, and conduct outreach to educate owners and operators of the critical infrastructure, emergency planners, and emergency response providers regarding the threat of EMP events.[1]  The House passed a similar measure (H.R. 3410) in the 113th Congress by voice vote on December 1, 2014.

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[1] House Report 114-240 at 3.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 1073 would not significantly affect spending by DHS. Because enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.