Here’s a follow-up for tracking the passage of the U.S. House Bill (HR 3410) cited as the “Critical Infrastructure Protection Act” or “CIPA” passed by the House of Representatives by voice vote on Dec. 1, 2014.
This bill is intended “to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to secure critical infrastructure against electromagnetic pulses, and for other purposes”.
I visited the RealClearPolitics web site as a link to help me determine where the CIPA legislation (HR 3410) is in terms of getting enacted into law. The RCP site provides the visitor a Congressional Bill tracker interface which allows you to search the Bill by number and then read the full text of the Bill and view its current status in moving through Congress.
Here is how this Bill is currently listed: [H.R. 3410 Referred in Senate (RFS)]. Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (in the Senate).
That designation I presume means that it is now waiting to reach the Senate floor for further consideration. Right now, I don’t know how the back-log of pending bills move through the Senate ratification process. Actually getting a House Resolution voted on by the Senate can be an ”iffy” proposition.
SEC. 2. EMP PLANNING, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND PROTECTION AND PREPAREDNESS.
This Act essentially tasks the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security to carry out the provisions of the Bill. Should it be enacted, it requires the (DHS) Secretary to present to Congress a recommended strategy–
“to protect and prepare the critical infrastructure of the American homeland against EMP events, including from acts of terrorism”; further, it stipulates that the recommended strategy be submitted to Congress not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act. Also included is the requirement that the Secretary within 180 days (after enactment) report to Congress describing the progress being made and an estimated date by which the (DHS) will have completed its strategy for accomplishing (Sec. 2) specific provisions for preparedness and protection of the electric grid.
It should be noted that HR 3410: in SEC. 3. Grants NO REGULATORY AUTHORITY.
Nothing in this Act, including the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to grant any regulatory authority.
SEC. 4. NO NEW AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
This Act, including the amendments made by this Act, may be carried out only by using funds appropriated under the authority of other laws.
Given the fact that this measure does not require any additional funding nor institute new regulatory authorization to Federal agencies…
And whereas one of the foremost duties and enumerated powers of government is to provide for the common defense of the People, it would seem that the protection of the critical infrastructures should receive prompt and expeditious handling through the enactment process.
To be continued…