Preventing Power Rate Hikes Just Makes Sense (Rep. Grace Napolitano)

Last Thursday the Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee unanimously passed legislation authorizing new safety measures and providing a workable framework for sharing costs associated with security at federally operated dams. Although the Department of Interior currently does not support H.R. 1662, I hope they will reconsider their position as the bill proceeds through the Natural Resources Committee and onto the House floor in the near future. I am encouraged that representatives from Interior Department are meeting with stakeholders to try and resolve disagreements on how much they believe the federal government should pay for dam site security costs after 9/11. I am grateful for the bipartisan support this bill has garnered, especially from Water and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), as we both agree that water and power customers should not pay more than 15% of all security costs (including capital, operation and maintenance costs, guards and patrols and fortification upgrades) at federal storage projects.