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H.R. 1119: Stopping Chinese Communist Involvement in the Power Grid Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 18, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Could the electrical equipment we use become an opportunity for the Chinese government or other governments to hack or cyberattack the U.S.?

Context

The U.S. has three main electrical grids: one serving the western half, one serving the eastern half, and one just for Texas. That Texas grid has been in the news in recent days as the state suffered one of the most severe electrical blackouts in U. S. history, after unusually low temperatures caused both a spike in demand for electricity and the majority of the grid components to freeze.

China has become the world’s leading supplier of transformers. Many find that worrying, especially after ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1119

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 18, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To codify an Executive order securing the United States bulk-power system.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stopping Chinese Communist Involvement in the Power Grid Act.

2.

Enactment of Executive order

(a)

In general

The provisions of Executive Order 13920 (85 Fed. Reg. 26595; relating to securing the United States bulk-power system (May 1, 2020)) (as in effect on May 1, 2020) are enacted into law.

(b)

Publication

In publishing this Act in slip form and in the United States Statutes at Large pursuant to section 112 of title 1, United States Code, the Archivist of the United States shall include after the date of approval at the end an appendix setting forth the text of the Executive order referred to in subsection (a) (as in effect on May 1, 2020).