Sunday, May 1, 2011

Congressional Hearings – Week of 5-2-11

Congress comes back to Washington from their Easter Recess this week. Currently there are only two hearings scheduled that would appear to be of potential interest to the chemical security community; one on security credentials and the other on pipeline safety.

Security Credentials

The Transportation Security Sub-Committee of the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a hearing on the ‘MODERN Security Credentials Act’. The Committee web site indicates that this bill will be introduced prior to the hearing being held on Wednesday afternoon. It’s not yet clear if this will bill will require a new security credential (either to replace TWIC or provide a new ID card for non-transportation sector security) or enhance the requirements of TWIC.

Pipeline Safety

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will be holding an Executive Session on Thursday morning that will address, in addition to a long list of other bills, the markup of S. 275, the Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011. Any revisions to this bill will have been decided in advance and there will be little or no discussion of any amendments to be voted upon. I addressed this bill in an earlier blog post.

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