Hastings’ Statement After House Republicans Rejected his Amendment to Increase Funding for Cybersecurity of the Power Grid

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, June 8, 2018 | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after his amendment to H.R.5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, adding millions of dollars to cybersecurity of the electric power grid, was rejected by Republicans in the House:

“Every aspect of daily life, from the use of cellphones, to functioning traffic lights, to the cooling of our homes during summer, relies on the electric power grid. While we have never been more dependent on electricity, our grid has never been as vulnerable as it is today. With the rise of nation-state supported computer hackers in countries like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, the computers that control our power networks are increasingly seen as the most impactful targets for those who wish to do us harm. This is a security issue, and outages from attacks could have catastrophic consequences. I am disappointed that my amendment was rejected by House Republicans, but will continue to advocate for prioritizing cybersecurity and addressing this vulnerability.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation

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