BILLS IN THE PIPELINE
Multiple bills meant to secure critical infrastructure against cyber threats were approved by the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday afternoon, just a week after a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline caused fuel shortages across the nation.
The committee unanimously approved the Pipeline Security Act, introduced last week by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and a dozen other bipartisan cosponsors, which would boost pipeline security efforts at both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Additionally, the committee approved legislation, spearheaded by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), requiring CISA to establish a National Cyber Exercise Program to test critical infrastructure readiness against cyberattacks.
Finally, the committee also approved legislation sponsored primarily by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) to help improve the reporting of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The legislation was previously approved by the House in 2019, but was never taken up by the Senate.