The House Rules Committee is currently meeting in an emergency session to develop a rule for HR 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, that was introduced today. This is the bill that will replace HR 1947 that failed in the House last month. This bill appears to have removed the provisions that were most objectionable to the Democrat dealing with the Food Stamp program.
The Committee Draft of the bill currently available on the Rules Committee web site (neither the Library of Congress nor the GPO have been given the bill yet) contains three provisions that may be of interest to the chemical security/safety community.
• Sec. 6126. Special authorization for biosecurity planning and response;
• Sec. 11319. Sense of congress regarding agriculture security programs; and
• Sec. 11324. Applicability of spill prevention, control, and countermeasure rule.
I’ll look at these in more detail in a future post.