Friday, June 27, 2014

Bills Introduced – 6-26-14

In their last day before taking a week off for the 4th of July the House and Senate introduced 81 bills. Two of those bills may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

S 2534 Latest Title: An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L. (D,LA)

S 2547 Latest Title: A bill to establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi (D,ND)

As is usual I will expect that the report accompanying the DHS spending bill to be more interesting than the bill itself. The Senate will pass it’s bill and the House theirs and then the Conference Committee will work out the differences. Most of the ‘requirements’ in the report however will stand.

It is interesting that Heitkamp’s advisory committee will actually only be a subcommittee of an already existing AC. I’m looking forward to seeing what requirements are laid upon that subcommittee.

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