Senate Committee Approves Three-Year Extension for CFATS

I have another legislative update for you. A bipartisan 8-2 vote by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government affairs approved a three-year extension of the CFATS bill authored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The law, S.473, the Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act of 2011 is meant to help secure the nation's chemical facilities against terrorist attacks.

According to Collins the current bill works well and with Homeland Security, the existing law has helped to "develop a comprehensive chemical security program."

Members of the chemical industry agree, noting that the current law is working and gave praise to Collins and her co-authors Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

We are one step closer, but the legislation still has a ways to go. Committees in the House have passed both H.R. 901 and 908 with bi-partisan support. The House leadership will have to decide which bill to back and both the House and Senate bills will have to go to the floor for voting.


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