Thursday, January 17, 2019

Senate Amends and Passes HR 251 – CFATS Extension

Yesterday the Senate amended and passed HR 251, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS) Extension Act. The amendments were adopted, and the bill passed at the end of yesterday’s session under the unanimous consent process. There was no debate and no votes.

Two amendments were adopted. The first changed the ‘6 years’ change to amend 6 USC 621 Note (Effective and Termination Dates) to read ‘5 years and 3 months’ (15 months extension to March 17th, 2020). The second amendment changed the title to read: “An Act to extend by 15 months the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes”.

The amendments were proposed by Sen. Johnson (R,WI) and Sen. Peters (D,MI), the Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The had a brief article last night on the deal making surrounding these amendments.

The House is scheduled to concur with the Senate’s amendments later today. That will take place under the suspension of the rules process with no amendments and a super majority (2/3) vote to pass. The House will almost certainly concur with the Senate amendments. There has been no comment from the President on whether or not he will sign the bill, but neither Rush Limbaugh nor Putin have voiced any opposition. (Okay, the last comment was more than a little flip and over the top, sorry).

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