House Subcommittee Moves CFATS Legislation on to Full Committee

On Thursday, April 14 the Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies of the House Homeland Security Committee voted 6-4 to move CFATS legislation H.R. 901 on to the full committee. I have discussed this piece of legislation in a past blog. It is called the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011 and was introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA). It is co-sponsored by eight other republicans including Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY). This piece of legislation would extend CFATS for seven years until September 30th, 2018.

Amendments to the bill were offered by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Laura Richardson (D-CA) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA). All of the amendments were defeated 6-4. The blog Chemical Facility Security News gives a good rundown of the offered amendments.

In his opening statement Chairman Lungren said that CFATS is working.

"My bill would provide long-term assurance that the current CFATS standards would continue for seven years - allowing the program to be fully implemented so that all high risk facilities would complete at least one cycle from start to finish," he said. "My bill would also preserve all of the essential elements contained in the original statute without imposing additional requirements on the program mid-stream."

Now the bill moves on to the full committee for review. There will probably be more suggested amendments. Stay tuned for more updates here.


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