Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bills Introduced – 09-27-17

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 32 bills introduced. Of those, two may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 3855 To require a report on significant security risks of the national electric grid and the potential effect of such security risks on the readiness of the Armed Forces. Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3] 

S 1872 A bill to authorize the programs of the Transportation Security Administration relating to transportation security, and for other purposes. Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]

I suspect that HR 3855 is a companion bill to S 1800. Companion bills are identical bills introduced in both houses of congress to allow for parallel processing in the bill consideration process. Alternatively, when a bill is stalled or blocked in committee in one house of congress, the introduction of a companion bill in the other can restart the consideration process.

S 1872 is one of those annual authorization bills that ‘must’ wend their way through the legislative process every year. I will watch this bill for chemical transportation security measures.

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