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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Rep. Soto’s Amendments Totaling $2 million in Funding Pass in Appropriations Minibus

June 8, 2018
Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two amendments offered by Congressman Darren Soto in H.R. 5895, Energy and Water Development, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Rep. Soto’s amendments increases funding by $2 million to enhance reliability and resiliency for our nation’s electrical grid in the face of extreme weather disasters.  

“The technologies funded through our amendments will help prevent hardships during future hurricane seasons and decrease reliance on generators during emergencies. Hurricane Irma caused a prolonged power outage in assisted living facilities that cost lives in Florida; this could have been prevented,” stated Rep. Soto. “We’re thrilled that funding will now be allocated to further focus on preparedness and response activities to natural and man-made threats, ensuring a stronger, more prosperous, and secure future for the nation.”

The following amendments authored by Rep. Soto passed the House:

  • Electric Delivery Amendment – increases funding by $1 million for the new Electric Delivery program’s activities to accelerate discoveries and innovation in electric transmission and distribution technologies and create “next generation” devices, software, tools, and techniques to help modernize the electric grid.  
  • Cybersecurity and Electric Grid Emergency Response Amendment – increases funding by $1 million for the new office of cybersecurity, energy security, and emergency response program to improve the ability of the energy sector to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats, hazards, natural disaster, and other supply disruptions.

With the passage of this bill, Congressman Soto has now passed 36 amendments out of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 115th Congress.