Beyond the two amendments I noted in last night’s blog post, I did not see any other amendments that would be of specific interest to either the chemical security community or the cyber security community.
There was an interesting discussion about CFATS funding at the very start of the one-hour of general debate (before the amendment process) on HR 2017. The colloquy was between Rep. Murphy (R, PA) and Rep. Aderholt (R, AL). Murphy, the sponsor of HR 908, asked about the CFATS funding and authorization in the bill in light of impending action on HR 908. Aderholt replied:
“I congratulate the Energy and Commerce Committee on pursuing the CFATS authorization on an expedited basis this year. We do hope and expect that CFATS will be authorized under regular order prior to the start of the new fiscal year. However, it was important that we include funding for the 2012 appropriation bill for CFATS, and we do not want that line item to appear to be in conflict with the currently enacted sunset date of October 4, 2011.” Congressional Record; June 1st, 2011; pg H3834Apparently the reasoning behind Aderholt’s comments was sufficient to stop the removal of the CFATS authorization (§536) from HR 2017 that had at least been contemplated by Chairman Upton.
We now get to wait for action on the Senate version of this bill that has yet to be introduced by the Senate Appropriations Committee.