Review – HR 302 Introduced – Energy Cybersecurity Research
Last month, Rep Ross (D,NC) introduced HR 302,
the Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Act of 2022. After finding that
integrating “cybersecurity considerations into the research, design, and
development of energy infrastructure represents a cost-effective approach to
enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability”, this bill would require
DOE to establish an “Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Program”. No
money is authorized by this bill for the program.
The House is scheduled to consider HR 302 on Monday under
the suspension of the rules process. That process provides for limited debate, allows
for no floor amendments, and requires a super-majority for passage. Scheduling
a bill for consideration under this procedure indicates that the leadership
expects the bill to receive substantial bipartisan support.
This bill does not authorize any funding for the Leadership
Program. Historically, this has been a fairly common practice for relatively
low-cost programs. Funding typically comes from the ‘fat’ in the appropriations
bill. Under the 118th Congress, however, this may pose a problem.
The new House Rules adopted last month allows anyone to raise a point of order against
any money in a spending bill that is allocated to a program in excess of the
amount specifically authorized by legislation. Whether this program would draw
someone’s congressional ire come appropriations time is hard to predict.
For more details about the provisions of this bill, see my
article at CFSN Detailed Analysis – https://patrickcoyle.substack.com/p/hr-302-introduced
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