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House Panel Moves Infrastructure Protection Act Forward; Michael McCaul Comments

power gridRep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) believes the House Homeland Security Committee’s approval of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act moves the U.S. closer to establishing stronger protections for its power grid against electromagnetic pulses.

“The impact [of EMPs] could cause serious damage to the nations’ critical infrastructure, making this vitally important to our homeland security defenses,” McCaul said Thursday on his website.

McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also commended the work of Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) to introduce the bill.

“CIPA directs and empowers the Department of Homeland Security to harden and protect our critical infrastructure including power production, generation, and distribution systems,” Franks said.

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