Monday, July 20, 2020

S 4148 Passes in House – CFATS Extension

This afternoon, shortly after 1:00 pm EDT, the House passed S 4148 to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program through July 27th, 2023. The bill was considered under the seldom used (in the House) unanimous consent process. The bill now goes to the President for signature. There is currently no indication that Trump will not sign the bill.

Brian Harrell, the CISA Assistant Director for Infrastructure Protection, had this to say about the program’s continuation:

“As you have heard me say before, chemical security is national security. The CFATS program has matured over the years to what it is today- a relevant and streamlined program with the goal of making high-risk facilities more secure. Our inspectors, chemists, engineers, and HQs staff go to work everyday knowing the threat is real and they have long maintained their focus on our national security mission.”

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