H.R. 6375, Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act

H.R. 6375

Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act

Date
December 6, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 6375, the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6375 was introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) on November 17, 2016, and was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6375 directs the Department of Energy to decide by 2021 whether standards for class A external power supply (EPS) should be amended. Any necessary amendments would apply to products manufactured after July 1, 2023. No-Load Mode standards provided under current law shall not apply to EPS manufactured before the effective date of such amendments.  Finally, the Department may treat EPS designed to be connected to a security or life safety alarm or surveillance system as a separate product class or may extend available non-application provisions.

Background

External power supplies are used in hundreds of types of electronics and consumer products, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, video game consoles and power tools, to convert power from a wall outlet into lower voltages. More than 300 million external power supplies are shipped in the United States each year and the average American home has five to ten external power supplies. These numbers are expected to continue growing as consumers and businesses purchase new types of personal electronics.

A class A external power supply is a device that: is designed to convert line voltage alternate current into lower voltage alternate current; is able to convert only 1 alternate current output at a time; is sold with, or intended to be used with, a separate end-use product that constitutes the primary load; is contained in a separate physical enclosure from the end-use product; is connected to the end-use product via a removable or hard-wired male/female electrical connection, cable, or cord; and has a nameplate output power that is less than or equal to 250 watts.

Under current law, the Secretary is required to publish a final rule by July 1, 2015 determining whether the standards in effect should be amended, and such a rule would not apply to EPS manufactured before July 1, 2017. The bill changes these dates to July 2021 and July 2023 respectively.

Cost

An official Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not currently available. However, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 6375 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.