Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bills Introduced – 09-29-18

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 68 bills introduced. Of those, I will be covering one here in this blog:

HR 6992 To reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security. Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]

This is the long awaited CFATS reauthorization bill from the House. Katko is a Subcommittee Chair in the House Homeland Security Committee and an influential member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This means that there is a good chance that this bill will be addressed in each Committee in a timely manner.

Neither of Katko’s two cosponsors are members of either of those two committees. I had hoped to see a senior Democrat as a cosponsor of the House bill to show that there would be bipartisan support for the bill. Interestingly, the two cosponsors {Rep Moolenaar (R,MI) and Rep Cuellar (D,TX)} are members of the House Appropriations Committee. This might indicate a potential move to include the language in this bill in the final spending bill of the year; the DHS minibus that will be taken up after the election.

It will be interesting to see how similar this bill is to S 3405, the Senate CFATS reauthorization bill.

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