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house Bill H.R. 2114

Should the Energy Dept. Give States Money to Protect the Electrical Grid From Foreign & Cyber Attacks?

Argument in favor

Foreign rivals like Iran are building up their capabilities to attack critical U.S. infrastructure. States need to be prepared for these risks, and the federal government should help them prepare through the grant program this bill would create.

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09/09/2019
An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Spending our tax dollars at his golf courses. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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Glowurm's Opinion
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09/09/2019
We must do SOMETHING to stop the disinformation bandwagon that the Repugnants continue to support. Additionally, the Dept. of Defense needs to IMMEDIATELY turn over the documents requested relevant to the Pig's use of taxpayer dollars to shore up his Scotland property OR put a hold on any monies the department receives, until such time as the documents are released. AN AUDIT OF ALL THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S EXPENDITURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY AND ANY PERSONS INVOLVED RELIEVED OF THEIR DUTIES! WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO FACILITATE THE PIG'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN! Anyone who feels otherwise needs to wake up or get out!
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09/09/2019
Support this bill to provide protection from cyber attacks.
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Argument opposed

Given that threats to the U.S. energy grid are international, not local, it should be solely the federal government’s responsibility to lead the development of strategies for keeping the grid safe.

jimK's Opinion
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09/09/2019
Any debilitating attack on our power grid and other critical infrastructure would certainly require the resources of foreign adversaries. The States have no-where near the expertise that our intelligence service's cyber-warriors have; who have trained for years to develop, recognize and thwart sophisticated cyber attacks. Funding States to implement federally mandated and validated protections would be warranted. Funding States to tackle these threats on their own is not. Our federal cyber resources definitely need to be expanded, enhanced, and empowered to act. Our country's political leadership needs to take these threats seriously and so far have not. We value our open society and depend upon our ability to use computer networks to freely communicate and exchange information. The Russians, Chinese and others have exploited our open society for many years by targeting people with poor password practices, those fooled into providing information by fake links, and well, just irresponsible behavior by individuals using critical networks for personal use. These are educational, regulatory and policy issues. Some Chinese manufactured, well made, economical server boards widely used here had been discovered to have 'mystery' chips that can enable Chinese tapping directly into network traffic without having to use some software exploit. For many years, the Russians have played kind of a 'whack-a-mole' probing of our networks that our cyber ops people would respond to with the equivalent of a cyber 'caught you' message and wait for their next attempted exploit. The 2016 Russian election interference was simply a brute-force and massive attack that the Russian's barely tried to disguise; it overwhelmed our cyber warrior's ability to respond as they had in the past and their requests for national leadership to initiate the counter-actions required was not and still are not taken seriously. The point is that these threats to our critical infrastructure are a clear and present danger. There are many possible known attack ‘vectors’ and likely unknown exploits as well. These threats are threats to debilitating our nation's requisite infrastructure and to our nation's ability to respond. This is a national threat which requires national support, national attention and a rational national leadership.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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09/10/2019
Not until Rick Perry is no longer the Secretary. There is simply too large of a 5th Risk catastrophe. Or get former Secretary Moniz’s endorsement 1st. Excerpt The Fifth Risk former Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry is of course responsible for one of the DOE’s most famous moments—when in a 2011 presidential debate he said he intended to eliminate three entire departments of the federal government. Asked to list them he named Commerce, Education, and . . . then hit a wall. “The third agency of government I would do away with . . . Education . . . the . . . ahhhh . . . ahhh . . . Commerce, and let’s see.” As his eyes bored a hole in his lectern, his mind drew a blank. “I can’t, the third one. I can’t. Sorry. Oops.” The third department Perry wanted to get rid of, he later recalled, was the Department of Energy. In his confirmation hearings to run the department, Perry confessed that when he called for its elimination he hadn’t actually known what the Department of Energy did—and he now regretted having said that it didn’t do anything worth doing. The question on the minds of the people who currently work at the department: Does he know what it does now? In his hearings, Perry made a show of having educated himself. He said how useful it was to be briefed by former secretary Ernest Moniz. But when I asked someone familiar with those briefings how many hours Perry had spent with Moniz, he laughed and said, “That’s the wrong unit of account.” With the nuclear physicist who understood the DOE perhaps better than anyone else on earth Perry had spent minutes, not hours. “He has no personal interest in understanding what we do and effecting change,” a DOE staffer told me in June 2017. “He’s never been briefed on a program—not a single one, which to me is shocking.” Since Perry was confirmed, his role has been ceremonial and bizarre. He pops up in distant lands and tweets in praise of this or that DOE program while his masters inside the White House create budgets to eliminate those very programs. His sporadic public communications have had in them something of the shell-shocked grandmother trying to preside over a pleasant family Thanksgiving dinner while pretending that her blind-drunk husband isn’t standing naked on the dining-room table waving the carving knife over his head. Meanwhile, inside the DOE building, people claiming to be from the Trump administration appeared willy-nilly, unannounced, and unintroduced to the career people. “There’s a mysterious kind of chain from the Trump loyalists who have shown up inside DOE to the White House,” said a career civil servant. “That’s how decisions, like the budget, seem to get made. Not by Perry.” The woman who ran the Obama department’s energy-policy analysis unit received a call from DOE staff telling her that her office was now occupied by Eric Trump’s brother-in-law. Why? No one knew. “Yes, you can notice the difference,” says one young career civil servant, in response to the obvious question. “There’s a lack of professionalism. Over and over again, I was asked by people who worked inside the DOE not to use their names, or identify them in any way, for fear of reprisal. “People are heading for the doors,” says Tarak Shah. “And that’s really sad and destructive. The best and the brightest are the ones being targeted. They will leave fastest. Because they will get the best job offers.”
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Robert's Opinion
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09/09/2019
States do not own the grids. This is a national threat. The government should directly work with the owners of the grids to make sure they are protected.
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    IntroducedApril 8th, 2019
    That seems highly reasonable and a good idea.
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    We need to protect our energy from foreign attacks from land, air, or digital (cyber). If a foreign country eliminates a states energy system they could help take out weapons needed to fend off an attack.
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    Important to protect fhis grid from being hacked.
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    We need a lot help with this and we do not have the capabilities to handle. Correct me if I am wrong but the grids are not state responsibilities and fall to federal. If this is correct then we all know what will happen NOTHING because this Traitor Trump & Moscow Mitch wants this to happen & welcomes any help from Russia or Saudi Arabia.
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    As long as the money is used for that purpose. This is a national problem.
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    The responsibility of the defense of this nation falls under the Federal government. Terrorism is an international threat that has the potential to harm our nation. Thus, the Department of Energy, if at all, should allocate that money to the Defense Department for proper allocation.
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    Stop taxing us so much so we can build our states’ infrastructure
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    YES, pass HR 2114 and get it brought up for a VOTE in the SENATE!! Tell MOSCOW MITCH- HANDS OFF, let it on the floor for a vote!! PROTECT STATES and SENATE- DO YOUR JOB!!
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    Absolutely essential to protect our power grid from terrorist hacking both foreign and domestic.
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    And how about domestic terrorists?
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    It’s a great cause we have to protect the grid and now
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    Stop and think Our infrastructure is antiquated Fix it by any means possible
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    Get it done. Whatever it takes.
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    The federal government doesn’t have money to give. It’s bankrupt.
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    Don’t give the money to the individual states for they do not own any part of the grid. The major electrical utilities, REA’s and PUD’s are the electrical generators and line owners. Money has to go to the smallest PUD and REA along with the bigger utilities and government electrical generators and transmission systems. States would absorb the money never reaching the utilities. The grid needs upgrading in the digital protection so it does not get hacked.
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    Yes, but the bromance between Donny and Vladdy will get in the way, and Krelim Cronyn and Moscow Mitch will not be too happy either.
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    Protecting citizens is the most basic function of government. Protecting the power grid protects citizens, ergo....
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    This is the time when the Energy Dept. and the Intelligence Agency’s should work together.
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    I think we should have a national strategy for protecting all systems, and this should be led and paid for at the Federal level. States have a tendency not to spend money wisely when they don't believe in its purpose (see: Medicaid and Education), so we shouldn't waste it. \
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