Thursday, July 14, 2022

Bills Introduced – 7-14-22

Yesterday, with both the House and Senate in Washington, there were 58 bills introduced. Three of those bills may receive additional coverage in this blog:

HR 8352 To protect clean air and public health by expanding fenceline and ambient air monitoring and access to air quality information for communities affected by air pollution, to require hazardous air pollutant monitoring at the fenceline of facilities whose emissions are linked to local health threats, to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency promulgates rules that require hazardous air pollutant data measurement and electronic submission at fencelines and stacks of industrial source categories, to expand and strengthen the national ambient air quality monitoring network, to deploy air sensors in communities affected by air pollution, and for other purposes. Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]

HR 8367 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2023 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes. Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28] 

S 4521 A bill to require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of the civilian population of the United States in case of catastrophic incidents disabling 1 or more critical infrastructure sectors or significantly disrupting the critical functions of modern society, and for other purposes. Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]

I will be covering HR 8352 and HR 8367 in this blog. Similar bills were introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. HR 8352 may be a companion bill to S 4510, but HR 8367 will be substantially different than the Senate version.

I will be watching S 4521 for language and definitions that specifically cover cyber attacks in the scope of the bill. To be fair though, if a critical infrastructure sector is disabled across the country, the response plan is going to be something on the order of ‘Pray’.

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