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Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BARROW. I thank the gentleman for yielding. I thank him for his work on this important subject.

Mr. Speaker, the grid that generates and distributes electricity across our country is one of the engineering wonders of the world, but it took generations to build, and it grew up in peacetime, safely removed from any threat of physical attack by our enemies, and it was long before the Internet. Today, we use the Internet to run this vast infrastructure, and that leaves us vulnerable to a potentially devastating cyberattack.

The GRID Act takes the first steps toward protecting our electric grid from those who want to do us harm. The necessary costs are modest compared to the cost of doing nothing. We cannot count on our enemies to wait for us. The threat is real, and the solution is in our hands, so I encourage my colleagues to support the bill.

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