July 11, 2021

The Senate passed the “critical infrastructure” bill, known as H.R. 1551, by a vote of 67 to 38 on Thursday.

The bill is now awaiting the president’s signature.


Wells, a Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, sponsored the bill.

She said the bill is designed to help address a number of critical infrastructure problems, including cybersecurity, energy infrastructure, water infrastructure, and public safety. 

“We have a problem with the internet, which is the backbone of our democracy,” Wells said.

“And we have a serious problem with cyber security.

We have a critical infrastructure problem.” 

According to Wells, H.L.O. has been responsible for more than $1 trillion in losses over the last two decades, due to the spread of malware, ransomware, and other attacks.

She called for more funding to support the cybersecurity of critical systems, which includes infrastructure and infrastructure-related services.

“There is a need for a comprehensive, high-quality, and reliable cybersecurity policy and program to ensure the integrity of critical infrastructures,” Wells added. 

The legislation would allocate $6 billion for critical infrastructure investments.

The money would go toward cybersecurity investments in the following sectors: airports, airports and intermodal shipping; power and communications; transportation; communications and telecommunications; and transportation systems and systems. 

A senior House Democratic aide told the Huffington Post that the bill would require that states adopt cybersecurity measures, including an emergency response plan, to protect critical infrastructure. 

Currently, the bill mandates that states have plans in place to prevent the spread and compromise of critical components.