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The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security has adopted an amendment to commence a comprehensive assessment of actions necessary to expand and strengthen the capabilities of the electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from a natural disaster or cyber attack, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

The amendment, NEMA says, directs the National Research Council to conduct a study on the resiliency and reliability of the nation's power grid and related issues.

The amendment was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., to the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act and was approved by a voice vote, NEMA notes.

"The Payne amendment is essential to giving decision-makers and the American public the information they need to make informed choices about the future of the electric grid," comments NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

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