Duncan Introduces Legislation to Protect U.S. Power Grid

February 19, 2021
Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) introduced legislation that would codify former President Donald J. Trump’s restrictions on foreign adversaries accessing or owning parts of the United States power grid. This bill is part of a larger initiative led by Members of the Republican Study Committee to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable:

“President Biden is once again working to unravel one of the many gains we made under the Trump Administration. Last year, after finding that foreign adversaries were increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities within our bulk-power system, President Trump issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the threats to our nation’s electric grid. The Executive Order included heavy restrictions on foreign adversaries accessing or owning parts of the U.S. power grid, including China, Russia, North Korea, and others. This was a common-sense solution implemented by President Trump.

“President Biden has since issued an Executive Order to suspend the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on grid security for 90 days. This 90-day suspension could potentially yield additional threats to our power grid, which would in turn put our national security at risk. Unfortunately, this is not the first time President Biden has proven his inability to stand firm against our adversaries, especially the Chinese Communist Party.

“My legislation would codify President Trump’s restrictions on foreign adversaries accessing or owning parts of the U.S. power grid. I urge House Leadership to bring my legislation to the floor for a vote immediately. We must ensure the security and reliability of our nation’s power grid are upheld.”

Read the bill HERE.

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